A Lake County board member called out the Lake County state’s attorney, saying he is “very concerned” with crime after his car was burglarized twice on Christmas Eve while he was out delivering presents.
Lake County Board Member Dick Barr posted security camera videos early Christmas Day on social media showing his car being burglarized twice.
The security camera video showed a masked suspect getting out of the passenger side of a vehicle and running up to Barr’s vehicle that was parked in the driveway of his Round Lake Beach home.
The suspect entered Barr’s unlocked car and exited moments later before fleeing in another vehicle.
Minutes later, a different suspect exited a vehicle and ran up to Barr’s car.
The suspect entered Barr’s car and exited moments later before fleeing in another vehicle.
Barr said the two incidents occurred around 10:40 p.m. Friday while he was being driven around his neighborhood with Santa Claus delivering presents.
“I am very concerned about the sharp increase in crime, and an apparent apathy by criminals for being caught,” Barr said.
“When you know the system wants you back on the streets as soon as possible, what’s the deterrent to crime?” he said in the social media post.
Barr also called out Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart after two men, who were twice convicted of murdering a woman in North Chicago, received plea deals last week from the state’s attorney’s office that dropped their murder charges.
“Last week, our State’s Attorney dropped the murder charges of two twice convicted of murder, criminals, and let them plea to burglary with time served,” Barr said.
“Dropping their 75 & 100 year sentence to 7.5 years. I honestly can not find the sense in this pro-criminal/anti-victim mentality that is sweeping our elected offices,” he added.