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On October 20, 2016, at approximately 4:00AM, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 3000 block of Country Lane, Long Grove, for a burglary in progress. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they learned the homeowner and his family were initially asleep inside their residence. The homeowner awoke to find a man, later identified as Erik G. Mota, 28, of the 800 block of Westmoreland Drive, Vernon Hills, attempting to break into his residence.
The homeowner subsequently retrieved a pistol from a location inside his home and fired the gun at Mota. Mota ran to his vehicle, which was parked in the vicinity of the victim’s home, and fled. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded and alerted area police departments of the incident.
A short time later, a Vernon Hills Police Officer responded to a suspicious vehicle call in the 800 block of Westmoreland Drive, Vernon Hills. The Vernon Hills Police Officer noted Mota, who was changing a flat tire, was likely the suspect of the Long Grove incident. Mota was subsequently arrested and transported to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.
Following a thorough investigation by sheriff’s deputies and detectives, it was determined Mota burglarized two vehicles in the homeowner’s driveway, before attempting to make entry inside the residence.
Mota was subsequently charged with attempt residential burglary (class 2 felony) and two counts of burglary to motor vehicle (class 2 felonies). Mota is being held in the Lake County Jail on $5,000.00 bail. He is due in court on November 16, 2016 at 1:30PM in courtroom C-120.
Sheriff Curran reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.