Brookfield charged a 25-year-old Forest Park man with burglarizing two garages on the north end of the village last month — with an assist in the arrest going to Facebook.
Forest Park police arrested Patrick A. Georgeson, a former Brookfield resident, on Dec. 31 at his residence in Forest Park, where they reported recovering two pairs of sunglasses stolen during the garage break-ins in the 3100 block of Elm Avenue and the 3200 block of Elm Avenue on Dec. 22.
A resident of the 3100 block of Elm Avenue called police on Dec. 22 to report someone had entered his garage overnight and stole several items, including a pair of Ray Ban prescription sunglasses, from his pickup truck, which was parked inside.
What the person breaking into the garage didn’t know is that the garage was outfitted with surveillance cameras, which snapped some very clear pictures of the offender. The burglary victim posted photos on Brookfield Connections, a community page on Facebook.
Several people recognized the offender, and Georgeson’s name and the surveillance photos were passed along to Brookfield police.
Police in Brookfield had run into Georgeson before. Georgeson was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing in January 2014 in connection with a garage break-in in the 3400 block of Sunnyside Avenue.
At that time, he was arrested along with a Lyons resident named Brandon Kamykowski, who was out on bond for three other burglaries on Brookfield’s north end. Kamykowski was eventually convicted of four counts of burglary and sentenced to four years. He served part that sentence and was paroled on Aug. 30, 2014.
Police tracked Georgeson to a relative’s home in Forest Park, where he was sleeping at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 when police arrived. He was taken into custody without incident. At the residence, police reported recovering the Ray Ban sunglasses and a pair of Oakley sunglasses, reportedly taken from the garage in the 3200 block of Elm Avenue.
Georgeson is being held without bond at Cook County Jail. In addition to the burglary charges, he also faces charges for an unrelated driving under the influence incident. He has a court date pertaining to that case at the Bridgeview courthouse on Jan. 7.