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Theft at McKeon residence a mystery

Suspect accused of breaking into Congressman’s home, faking a heart attack, eluding custody

Posted: April 8, 2009 12:35 a.m.
Updated: April 8, 2009 4:30 a.m.
A break-in at Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon’s home apparently has connections to a nationwide string of burglaries and a bandit who is on the loose after faking a heart attack, said McKeon’s campaign manager.

A man using the name “Tadeusz Pach” and an unidentified woman burglarized McKeon’s Valencia home on March 4, said Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Tracking the accused burglars has been nearly impossible because the suspect may be using several fake names, Harris said. The man and the mystery woman went state-to-state renting cars and burglarizing homes, Harris said. A rental agency reported that the name “Tadeusz Pach” was used to rent the car driven during the McKeon burglary, Harris said

During the March 4 McKeon burglary, a neighbor spotted the female suspect in the backyard of McKeon’s home. The witness reported the woman and the license plate of the rental car to the Sheriff’s Station, Harris said.

Personal effects were taken during the McKeon burglary, McKeon’s campaign manager Bob Hauter said.

The suspected bandit couple switched rental cars in Inglewood and left the state, Harris said. Deputies worked with law enforcement across the nation warning them about the couple. “They switched cars in Nevada, Utah and Colorado and at each stop we kept missing them by an hour,” Harris said.

The couple, described as being from 45 to 52 years of age, continued to switch cars on their way to Chicago, Harris said.

Chicago police arrested Pach, Haueter said, but were duped by the suspect.

“He feigned a heart attack and was sent to the hospital,” Haueter said. “The Chicago Police Department didn’t secure his hospital room and the suspect escaped.”

Pach is still on the run.

A Chicago Police official said the department hasn’t arrested, or had any contact, with a suspect using the name Tadeusz Pach.

Harris said the alias makes keeping tabs on Pach difficult, but Sheriff’s Station detectives are still working the case.


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