RUFF JUSTICE: Home Invasion Suspect Now Accused In More Local Burglaries

As expected, additional burglary charges have been filed against one of the three men who are charged with severely beating a 77-year-old woman during a January 9 home invasion in Wrigleyville.

Ruff (Cook County Sheriff)

Two new burglary counts have been filed against 18-year-old Eli Ruff in connection with break-ins at other homes in the immediate area.

Ruff is now charged with burglarizing two greystones in the 3700 block of N. Lakewood—one on December 22 and the other on January 1.

DNAInfo Chicago offers delicious details of the break-ins today. In the December 22 incident, Ruff “snapped photos of himself wearing the victim’s clothing, smoking weed and flashing gang signs,” DNAInfo reports, citing prosecutors.

Greystones in the 3700 block of N. Lakewood (Google)

Atta boy, Eli.

We reported exclusively on January 11 that Chicago police were specifically looking at connections between Ruff and a series of recent burglaries.

Investigators’ curiosities were piqued when they learned that Ruff had been arrested three weeks before the home invasion after an area woman filed trespassing charges against him and another man who allegedly pounded on her basement door in the middle of the night during what the victim thought was an attempted break-in.

Ruff’s bond has been increased to $2.5 million in light of the new charges.

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