Relatives Discover Cousin Selling Their Guitar for Heroin Money: Cops

Joliet police say the man broke into his family's home to steal possessions, including an instrument he sold to Guitar Center.

When a Joliet family returned home Wednesday to find several possessions, including a guitar, had been stolen, they had a pretty good idea of who did it and where they might find the missing instrument, Joliet Police Cmdr. Al Roechner.

They headed over to Guitar Center, 2785 Plainfield Road, Joliet, and found not only the guitar but the person who allegedly took it and sold it to the store -- family cousin Michael R. Ford, 20, of 16558 Zausa Drive, Crest Hill, Roechner said.

Ford was arrested and charged with residential burglary.

According to reports, Ford had been visiting his cousins Wednesday at their home, 6123 Pheasant Ridge, which is in Joliet but has a Plainfield address. He left when they did, but later returned to the empty house to take several items, including the guitar and a laptop computer, Roechner said.

Police were notified of the break-in at about 2:30 p.m., and then called again less than two hours later when Ford was discovered by his angry relatives at Guitar Center and got into an altercation with them, Roechner said.

Ford later admitted to stealing the instrument, which he said he sold because he needed money for his heroin addiction, he said.

Ford is being held in the Will County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. According to court records, he was also arrested in January 2011 on a charge of felony theft.



anonymous February 22, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Pretty sad. If you trace all of this heroin back to its source you'll find it's coming from CIA protected poppy fields in Afghanistan. The world heroin supply dried up when the Taliban ran Afghanistan because they ordered the poppy fields destroyed on religous grounds but with the US in charge cheap, high grade heroin production is ramped up and is flooding our streets. You don't think those C130 transports come back empty-do you?
lynn February 22, 2013 at 07:10 PM
You'd better adjust that tinfoil on your head....
Rosy Scalzitti February 22, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Exactly what is your point in constantly stressing about the address not actually being in Plainfield? Are you trying to point out that people in this address situation are more trouble then people that actually live in the Plainfield boundaries?
lynn February 22, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Remember the whole "Positively Plainfield" campaign Plainfield started when builders were building within the Joliet boundaries with Plainfield addresses. They started the whole Positively Plainfield b.s.....Please.....I guess the snobbery continues.
Hugo February 22, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Yes, that's both the idea and the truth.
Denise Williams February 22, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Anonymous, you are simply wrong in asserting the Taliban stopped opium production. They simply took it - and the production of cannabis-over for themselves. This is what financed and still finances the mujahadeen. Yes, they very harshly punished others for this, but not because of some religious morals though of course that is what they claimed. The simple truth is their distribution network is the largest, most sophisticated and longest standing in the world, with routes that existed centuries before the CIA or even the discovery of this continent.
charlies angel February 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM
BitterBluePoison February 22, 2013 at 10:44 PM
There is a lot of money to be made in drugs. Better let the cops/organized crime lords have their space. If "we the people" wanted drugs out of the U.S. then it would be so. Welcome to reality.
boozer mcgee February 23, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Russel Crowe said it best in the movie "American Gangster"...he was speaking to his boss Ted Levene, Russel was talking about drugs and implicated "THEY DO NOT WANT TO STOP THIS, IT WOULD UN-EMPLOY TOO MANY PEOPLE" ...NO TRUER WORDS EVER SPOKEN...CRIME GENERATES JOBS, MONEY, HIGH TAXES!
Michael G. D'Aversa February 23, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Does anybody know why some parts of Joliet have Plainfield mailing addresses? I'm not asking out of any snobbery, but out of curiosity. It just doesn't seem to make sense.
Tony February 23, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Troy Township has Joliet mailing adresses and has had for years.
west sider February 23, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Typical drug addict-steal from everyone you know and the people that are trying to help you. Idiots!
MidwestGal February 23, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Most towns have homes that have one address, but actually are within the boundries of another. Could it be 'township' boundries maybe? hats a google question. White Eagle Subdivision in Aurora boasted for years it was Naperville (just because of the address) - then Aurora got mad and put a huge "welcome to aurora" sign at every subdivision entrance! Now the kids even go to the Aurora highschool Waubonsee I think. People need to learn if you have a roof over your head, then great! Act with class and it won't make a difference where your house is! As far as this peice of drug trash...sad. Sell the guitar for therapy money!
John Roberts February 23, 2013 at 04:17 PM
in areas where drugs are regulated the crimes of robbery for drug money is almost obsolete..now cops report that the stuff is being stolen just for profit...Like I always say..just ask people and most will tell ya,they had to steal to afford the drugs...We know as a society you will never get rid of drugs,Drugs are considered any thing that alters the feeling of your body...There are so many thing people do not even know they can get high off of but you will have more people trying it and more people dying from it...or Some Drug Abuse company will pay to create another drug just like Synthetic Marijuana got created...Even the maker John W Huffman says it is not good for you..but medical facilities want to use it on you..lmao...because you can not have the real thing..it has to be SOLD to you...Vicodin,LoratabNorco= Opium Methadone,Suboxin,Oxycontin = Heroin....You take Opium cut it to make Morphine then you cut the Morphine to make Heroin...So we will always have the drugs in this world...Hell you can get high off of Morning Glory seeds,Poppy Seeds...These are called LSA's...And there are even roots that you can get high from...Funny how we regulate Opiate and Heroin prescriptions but not the Heroin and Opium...Whats everyone think is in their prescription.and then some other chemicals too not just a natural substance..just to sell it to you..most of the time it is just saline added to the THC they shoot up cancer patients with.Wake Up People
John Roberts February 23, 2013 at 04:24 PM
And why do we create it when we know drugs will always be around and those who will use will use and those who wont wont..But no need for the cops to risk their lives chasing some guy through the alley ways getting shot at because some guy has a bag of weed or a little packet of heroin,knowing when the person gets out chances are their going to get some drugs after what they been through...We have Examples of Total locking up a person 23 hrs a day under cameras and guards..and still the drugs can not be kept out or our most Maximum Security Prisons and more prisons have been built different to try and stop it and that has not even helped..Its time t come to the realization that drug prohibition like alcohol causes bad effects that can and are worse than the drug use its self...Sending drug users to prison with child rapists yep that will make em want to stop using drugs..lol would you after going through it?..Hell no chances are labeled a felon,no work,prison under your belt..all the right combinations to not feel like a citizen or a person who can change..What the hell for..might at well continue to do what ya was doing...The real way the human mind works...Like a spouse that keeps on getting accused of cheating..What happens?..they usually cheat...No different with drugs only The Taxpayers get to pay for their lessons...at billions a year and have the reputation now of having the most people locked up in prison...In the Free U.S.A...Where there is no understanding...
Dad February 23, 2013 at 06:20 PM
The truth, not your paranoid version of it, is that the majority of heroin in our country comes through our porous border with Mexico. One of the main reasons we need to seal that hole off.
get your facts rights February 23, 2013 at 07:21 PM
This Scum bag is not apart of the FAMILY he is not cousin no relative no relations what so ever and I'm not just saying in like a he is out of the family he is dead to us way. He is literally not related to us what so ever. Get you Facts right.!
joe johnson February 23, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Nice mugshot maybe he can try to sell that for some heroin when he gets out of jail, I don't know how much someone would be willing to pay for it but it sure is funny to look at.
Lisa S. February 24, 2013 at 12:23 AM
It's a postal issue, not a township issue. 'Plainfield' addresses process via Plainfield post office. However, if the houses resided in incorporated Joliet, then really it's a Joilet residence. You can confirm 'where' you live by looking at your property tax bill. You pay your city taxes to the town you live in. As for White Eagle, when they built out that area they boasted "Naperville 204" schools. They have always been that way. It was a marketing campaign based on the fact that most people don;t ask where the house is incorprorated ;-)
North Sider February 25, 2013 at 05:47 PM
This creep is not a relative of the family that was robbed, he is however a relative of a neighbor that also has a drug problem, I think the good neighbor set up his relative to steal from his friendly neighbors while they were out. With neighbors like this who needs enemies. I hope you rot in jail and I hope you turn evidence on your Uncle so he can sit right beside you!!!!


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