JOLIET, IL – Businesses in Joliet have faced a challenging three days. From Honda of Joliet to JC Penney, stores were hit with break-ins, stolen items, and damages. The man behind it all? Reportedly Alan Molck, 38, from Crest Hill. But what has the city buzzing is the reason he was out and about: the Pretrial Fairness Act.
According to Joliet Police it began October 23rd when alarms at Honda of Joliet went off at 4:03 AM, with a car later missing. By 4:27 AM, JC Penney’s alarm was ringing. And on October 25th, places like First Choice Auto Sales and Consumer Liquors had their alarms blaring too. Each scene showed the marks of Molck’s alleged handiwork.
Yet, the real shocker came after his capture on the afternoon of October 25. Turns out, Molck was recently let go because of the Pretrial Fairness Act. Molck has since been charged with four counts of Burglary, Attempted Burglary, five counts of Criminal Damage to Property, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.
Joliet’s Chief of Police, Bill Evans, didn’t mince words. He emphasized the urgent need to revisit the criminal justice system, stating, “This situation underscores the need for a reevaluation of our current criminal justice system to better protect our city from repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to public safety.”