An inquisitive Ferry-Fillmore police officer’s efforts to learn more about a suspect in a home invasion and some burglaries in the Schiller Park neighborhood resulted in an arrest.
Officer Patrick Baggot started asking victims what the man looked like and then took the description – an individual about 5’ 11’ and 300 pounds – to state parole officials and asked if they had any parolees that fit the description.
It turns out they did. Ricco D. Small, a Schiller Park resident, who had been previously convicted on an attempted burglary charge and served time for it at Attica Correctional Facility.
Baggot passed along the parolee’s identity to Ferry-Fillmore detectives who put it to use Monday after a Sprenger Avenue resident reported a burglary in progress shortly after 9:25 a.m.
“A homeowner called 911 to say a male was attempting to enter his home through a rear window and that the homeowner was staring at him,” Ferry-Fillmore Chief Aaron Young said.
The would-be burglar, who had displayed a firearm, fled but dropped a BB gun, which police said they later recovered by the home on the 200 block of Sprenger.
Detectives contacted parole officers who went to Small’s home on the first block of nearby Persia Street and took him into custody. Detectives Marlin Hall and Terrence Supples then arranged for the Sprenger Avenue homeowner to get a look at Small.
The homeowner, Young said, identified the 36-year-old Small as the man who had tried to break into his house. Detectives charged Small with two burglary counts, one of them involving a firearm. He was also charged with criminal possession of cocaine.
Small, the chief said, may also be a suspect in two other burglaries and another home invasion.
On Saturday, Small had been arrested on charges of possessing crack cocaine and narcotics pills by Erie County sheriff’s deputies after a car he was riding in passed a red light on Church Street at Delaware Avenue.
He is now being held at the Erie County Holding Center.