A registered sex offender, arrested and charged with home invasion last July for using a ladder to climb through the window of an occupied Brookfield apartment, is at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of residential burglary.

Judge Geary Kull sentenced 31-year-old Jeremy McNair to eight years in state prison as part of a plea deal at a hearing at the Maybrook courthouse on May 12.

On July 23, 2016 about 4:30 p.m., McNair used an extension ladder to climb through the window of an apartment belonging to his ex-girlfriend, who was at home at the time, along with her 1-year-old child and another man, with whom McNair got into a physical altercation.

No one was injured and police arrested McNair as he was exiting the building in the 8900 block of Southview Avenue.

McNair previously served time after a 2011 conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of 16-year-old girl. He was 26 years old at the time of that incident and is listed as a sexual predator on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry.


Police responded to the 4000 block of Park Avenue, Brookfield, on the morning of May 16 after a resident called to report an overnight garage burglary. The victim told police he’d left the side service door unlocked and several items were taken, including a lawn mower, seven bicycles, three printers, two plastic chairs and a tarp.

A resident of the 3900 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on May 16 to report strange marks on the back door of her residence, as if someone had tried to break in.

Police reported observing pry marks on the key lock/door handle and pry marks around the lock striker plate. No entry was gained.

Vehicle break-ins

Police responded to the 3200 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, on May 20 after a resident called to report that someone had burglarized his vehicle, which was parked in the driveway during the overnight hours.

Among the items reported missing were an iPod Shuffle, a Jay Bird Bluetooth headset, Bose headphones, a Chase Bank debit card, a driver’s license and three credit cards. There was no evidence of forced entry to the car, police said.

Police checking the area for further vehicle burglaries reported finding two vehicles parked in the rear of a residence in the 3200 block of Arthur Avenue that had been ransacked. Neither of the vehicles had been locked and nothing of value was missing, according to police.

A resident of the 4300 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, reported on May 20 that during the overnight hours, someone had burglarized his vehicle, which was parked on the street in front of his residence.

A pair of Nike gym shoes and a hooded sweatshirt were missing from the rear seat. Meanwhile, said the victim, a pair of eyeglasses on the floor of driver’s seat did not belong to him.

A resident of the 4100 block of Elm Avenue, Brookfield, went to police on the morning of May 20 to report that during the overnight hours someone removed a school backpack containing books and school supplies from a vehicle parked on the street. There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle.

Auto theft

A resident of the 4600 block of Deyo Avenue, Brookfield, reported on the morning of May 18 that someone had stolen her vehicle overnight from the street in front of her residence.

The victim told police that her 2017 Mazda 3 was locked but there was a key inside for emergencies. Police learned that the key was an electronic proximity key that grants anyone access to the vehicle as long as the key is nearby. The proximity key also allows anyone to start the car at the push of a button.

The victim’s mother told police someone may have also entered her vehicle overnight as she found papers strewn about the inside of her vehicle when she left for work that morning.

Gang-related graffiti

Gang-related graffiti was discovered scrawled in two locations in Brookfield on the morning of May 22.

At the former Brookfield Bowl, 3415 Maple Ave., police found a large “SD” and an upside-down crown on the rear of the building. And over on the 8500 block of Brookfield Avenue, two overhead garages doors were tagged with graffiti, which included an upside-down crown.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 15-22, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

— Compiled by Bob Uphues