UPDATED: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at 11:23 a.m.
Brookfield police have a 23-year-old Chicago man in custody and expect to charge him later today, Lt. Edward Petrak has told the Landmark.
Officers arrested the man at a residence in the 2100 block of North Laramie Avenue in Chicago at about 6 p.m. on Friday. Police also recovered the truck the man allegedly drove as he fled from police in Brookfield after reportedly burglarizing a home in the 9500 block of Garfield Avenue on Sept. 25. The truck was found about a block away, said Petrak, and fitted with stolen New Jersey license plates.
According to Petrak, at the time of the man’s arrest, he was wearing a Riverside-Brookfield High School class ring with the student’s name engraved on the inner band.
Police developed information on a suspect with the assistance of a private evidence processing company that had made a sales pitch to Brookfield police about two weeks ago. While the Illinois State Police crime lab also is able to process such evidence, it often takes months to do so, because of a backlog of cases.
Cook County Sheriff’s Police were able to lift several good fingerprints from the crime scene, said Petrak. Brookfield police gave the evidence to the company, which produced a suspect within eight hours, Petrak said. While police had quick success using the private firm, Petrak said it is a expensive proposition.
Using the private service costs between $500 to $1,000. If the case goes to trial, a company representative will likely have to testify, which will boost the cost even more.
Still, it could have taken more than six months to get fingerprint results back from the Illinois State Police crime lab.
“It just shows you how much of a backlog there is,” said Petrak. “He could’ve been out their robbing houses for eight months without getting caught.”
The man police arrested is on parole for residential burglary and fleeing and eluding police, said Petrak.
A man suspected of burglarizing a home in Brookfield led police on a high-speed chase through the village around noon on Thursday before eventually eluding police while fleeing southbound on First Avenue.
Police received a call at 12:01 p.m. from a man who reported that his neighbor’s house in the 9500 block of Garfield Avenue was being burglarized and that the offender might still be inside. Later the man told police he had noticed his neighbor’s dog on the rear deck, barking at the rear sliding glass door. A short time later an unknown man came out of the back door carrying a flat-panel TV, which he placed in a pickup truck parked in the driveway.
Three officers from Brookfield and LaGrange Park arrived just as the suspect was exiting the back door. Police struggled with the suspect, who was able to break free from the officers, injuring the hand of a LaGrange Park officer in the process. He got into a dark-colored pickup truck and sped away south on Cleveland Avenue.
Police followed as he raced the east, the wrong way, down Lincoln Avenue and past S.E. Gross Middle School, before heading north on Park Avenue and then east to First Avenue, where he sped south, losing contact with police.
The license plate number on the truck was registered to a vehicle that had been stolen in Cicero on Wednesday, according to police.
Police said several rooms of the home were ransacked and that officers recovered some small electronics items taken from the house in the backyard. Police cordoned off the southwest corner of Cleveland and Garfield as evidence technicians from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police processed the scene.
This story has been changed. The police report released Friday morning indicates that a neighbor notified police of the burglary in progress, not the homeowner.