Two Illinois residents are accused of stealing mail, checks, credit cards, and packages from over 40 Chicago-area victims.
Stephanie Klus, 32, of Park City, was charged with one count of continuing financial crimes enterprise, one count of controlled substance possession, one count of unlawful use of weapons, and one count of unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle.
Edwin De Jesus, 49, of Park City, was arrested and charged with one count of continuing financial crime enterprise and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mount Prospect Gang Unit officers conducted a traffic stop on a Kia Spectra in the 1800 block of West Palm Drive around 7:50 p.m. on Jan. 26 for multiple traffic violations.
Officers discovered drug paraphernalia in the vehicle while speaking with the vehicle’s driver and passenger, Klus and De Jesus, according to police.
Officers then searched the vehicle, discovering numerous credit/debit cards, checks, mail, packages, driver’s licenses, and a passport not belonging to Klus or De Jesus.
According to police, a stun gun, butterfly knife, brass knuckles, and alleged illegal drugs were also discovered.
During the course of their investigation, Gang Unit Officers discovered that Klus and De Jesus had allegedly stolen packages and mail from various locations throughout the Chicagoland area and used stolen credit cards to make unauthorized purchases.
Authorities have identified over 40 victims, the majority of whom live outside of Mouth Prospect.
The bonds for Klus and De Jesus were set at $10,000 each.
Klus’ next court appearance is scheduled for February 17. De Jesus’ next court appearance is scheduled for March 3.