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Jay Taylor Arrested For Alleged Thefts Targeting Seniors

Carol Stream man Jay Taylor was arrested by the Cook County sheriff's department on suspicion that he perpetrated a series of thefts on senior citizens, according to the Chicago Tribune. His suspected accomplice, Sal Auditore, remained at large as of Monday but is named in arrest warrants on burglary charges.

Jay Taylor was freed on $5,000 bail but his Chicago criminal attorney was not named or cited in the article. His next court date is scheduled for Aug. 18 in Cook County Criminal Court in Bridgeview.

He has been charged with two counts of forgery and he and Sal Auditore allegedly conned elderly victims into trusting them to the point where they could steal their money. The incidents took place between June 27-28. Police believe the two young men, both 21, have committed similar crimes throughout Illinois and possibly in other states.

The latest victims were elderly residents of a Palos Park assisted-living center, according to the sheriff's department, where they told victims they were high school students looking for help for a school project. Authorities say the pair would talk about the project, one would ask to use the restroom and then steal cash, credit cards and other items of value along the way.

Jay Taylor named Sal Auditore, who reportedly already has a long criminal history in Arizona, Colorado and California; there also is an active warrant for his arrest in Michigan. Police say they believe Sal Auditore may have fled to California; Jay Taylor said he recently dropped off his alleged accomplice at a Colorado Greyhound station, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Police identified Jay Taylor as the main suspect after canvassing the area, calling banks, stores and other law enforcement authorities.  

Authorities suspect there must be more victims and encourage anyone with information related to the crimes to call detectives at (708) 865-4700.

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