By Jean Lotus
A former Oak Park and River Forest High School student who was nabbed in 2011 by Oak Park police in an apartment filled with more than 200 stolen electronic devices from cell phones to calculators -- plus cocaine and a handgun -- pled guilty May 29 and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Pawel Boroski-Beszta, 17 when arrested, was convicted of four felonies, including a Class X conviction for the manufacture and delivery of cocaine. He was also convicted and received three-year sentences for felony theft from a school, marijuana manufacture and delivery and illegal possession of a handgun. The three-year sentences will be served concurrently.
Boroski-Beszta is currently being held in the Illinois Department of Prison's Sheridan Correctional Center. He will also serve three years of mandatory supervised release when he gets out of prison.
Boroski-Beszta, of the 800 block of Woodbine, was arrested Aug. 4, 2011 after police uncovered his headquarters in an apartment in the first block of Harrison Street. Police found 148 scientific calculators, four iPhones, 25 cell phones and 29 iPods. Some devices were later found to have belonged to fellow students at OPRF. In addition to the electronics, police recovered 28.7 grams of cocaine and 134.4 grams of cannabis, a .40 caliber handgun and $1,000 in cash.
Boroski-Beszta served six months in Cook County Jail before he was bonded out March 16, 2012 when someone paid $30,000, or 10 percent of his bond amount of $300,000.
The arrest and discovery of the electronics cache caused a reassessment of the high school's policy of thefts on school property.
Misdemeanor charges for possession of cannabis were later dropped against arrested brothers Ryan Reyes, 28 and Christopher Reyes, 23. Ryan Reyes was associated with the Harrison Street apartment, but investigators did not link him to the drug operation there.