Gold Coast Teen Charged In DePaul University Dorm Thefts

EDITORS’ NOTE: Some details of this story have been removed at 11:11 AM on July 24, 2020. The accused individual succeeded in having the case expunged from his/her Cook County Criminal Court record. While not required by law to remove truthful reports, CWBChicago editors do extend this courtesy to individuals who go through the legal process to get a fresh start on their record. The remainder of the original post appears below.

Police say a second person was involved in some of the thefts from dorm rooms on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus in March.

As we previously reported, DePaul student Dillon Barrett-Rao, 19, is already charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft in the cases.

Now, an 18-year-old is charged with two counts of theft after allegedly making incriminating statements during a police interview.

A Chicago police detective said he admitted to being with Barret-Rao when items were taken from two DePaul victims’ rooms, according to court filings.

The two victims reported more than $3,000 in losses from the alleged burglaries, including a MacBook, an iPad Mini, other electronics, and designer shoes.

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