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Brothers plead guilty to stealing truck trailer, 800 crates of milk

Tribune reporter

Two Chicago brothers facing theft charges in Illinois connected to stealing truck trailers filled with thousands of gallons of milk pleaded guilty to related charges in Indiana federal court this week.

Brian Cerrillos, 50, and Anthony Cerrillos, 45, who lived together in the 7200 block of South East End Avenue, both pleaded guilty in federal court in Hammond, Ind., on Tuesday to conspiracy to transport stolen goods, according to prosecutors and court records. They are eligible for up to five years in prison.

The Cerrillos and a co-defendant were accused of conspiring to steal a refrigerated trailer and the 800 cases of Deans Milk and other dairy products it contained from Clover Crest Dairy, a dairy distributor in Hammond on Aug. 21, 2011 and sell the contents in Illinois, according to the indictment against them.

After investigations involving the FBI, Hammond, Illinois State and Stickney police, the brothers were arrested in the 3000 block of West Harrison Street in Chicago on Nov. 20, 2011, in possession of a stolen trailer truck, according to a release from Stickney police at the time. The brothers had used the truck “in multiple trailer thefts in various jurisdictions, including Stickney,” according to the release.

Anthony Cerrillos is being held without bail in Cook County Jail, awaiting trial on theft charges related to the Stickney investigation, as well as a drunken-driving charge. Brian Cerrillos also is being held without bail at Cook County Jail on the Stickney theft-related charges. They have been in custody since their arrests, according to court records.

A sentencing date for the brothers in federal court has not yet been set. They are scheduled to appear in Bridgeview Branch Court on Aug. 15 in their Cook County case. | Twitter: @ltaford

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