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    Busy Naperville Burglary Suspect Charged

    The accused had a very busy morning, “visiting” 7 Naperville homes and at least one vehicle.

    A 29 year-old Naperville man was charged Wednesday with 8 counts of burglary for an alleged marathon crime spree in the early morning hours of November 30.

    Authorities allege that the accused entered two homes, entered one vehicle and attempted to enter five additional homes. Through the course of their investigation, officers found miscellaneous items scattered throughout the neighborhood including a coffee maker, credit cards and an Xbox 360.

    The accused was ultimately arrested at approximately 5:30am when police were notified by a homeowner on Boneset Circle that his garage door was open and an individual was in his car. After police arrived, motion detectors on the property alerted them to his hiding place in the back yard, at which point he was taken into custody.

    Rough locations of the accused’s alleged activities on November 30.

    The accused appeared at a bond hearing yesterday morning where Judge John Kinsella set bond at $150,000 with 10% to apply. Romero has been charged with two counts of Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony), five counts of Attempt Residential Burglary (Class 2 Felony) and one count of Burglary (Class 3 Felony).

    “The type of behavior alleged in this case can have a devastating impact not just on the victims, but also on the entire community,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin said. “A home is a family’s sanctuary and when a crime such as is alleged in this case occurs, it can leave every household in the community shaken to the core, wondering if they are next. Thanks to the outstanding work of the Naperville Police Department, the suspect in this case has been arrested and now faces multiple felony charges. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorney Denis Cahill for his efforts in preparing a strong case against [the defendant].”

    “The alleged burglary offenses committed by this offender, in a sense, robs the community of their sense of security. Any time we can get a person responsible for such actions off the streets, our community will be safer as a result,” Naperville Chief of Police Jason Arres said. “I would like to thank the patrol officers that initially responded to the scene and took the alleged offender into custody. I would also like to recognize our investigations personnel for working through the numerous incidents that were involved in this case and DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin’s office for their outstanding collaboration and assistance with this investigation. Lastly, I want to call our entire community to action to help prevent these crimes. Please remember to always lock your car and garage access doors and secure your belongings. These few steps can greatly reduce victimization of these types of crimes in our city.”

    The accused’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 30, 2021, for arraignment in front of Judge Kinsella.

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