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Chicago men arrested in Rockford slot machine robbery
Online Staff Report
Two Chicago men were arrested in Rockford after police say they robbed slot machines at a Rockford business Monday.
Steve Mort, 41, of Chicago, has been charged with criminal damage of property and possession of burglary tools. Twenty-eight-year-old Ismael Padin, of Elmwood Park, faces charges of burglary, criminal damage of property, resisting arrest and possession of burglary tools.
The arrests stem from an early morning burglary alarm call at Molly’s Deli, 7451 E. State St., Monday, March 3. When police arrived at the scene, two suspects, later identified as Mort and Padin, fled through the back door.
Officers pursued the suspects into the parking lot of the Quality Suites Hotel at 7401 Walton St., where both men were arrested.
While the suspects were fleeing, they discarded several tools including a flashlight, hatchet, chisel, and crowbar, police said. One of the subjects had a large amount of cash in his possession.
Upon inspection of the business, it was determined entry was made through the drive-through window and a safe and video poker machines had been pried open.
Padin posted a $2,000 bond March 4 and was released from custody. Mort posted $5,000 and is also free on bond. Both suspects are awaiting an April 2 arraignment.