By Bob Uphues
Brookfield police believe they've ended a two-month spree of approximately 70 vehicle and garage break-ins with the arrests of three people in the past week.
Lt. Edward Petrak said Brookfield police likely cleared the vast majority of those incidents with the arrest, Dec. 10, of Brandon M. Kamykowski, 18, at a residence in the 3500 block of Sunnyside Avenue where he reportedly had been staying since late October.
Officers were called to the residence about 12:24 a.m. to investigate an unrelated domestic battery complaint. While on the scene, police reported discovering a Honda XR-70 dirt bike in the basement. The bike had been reported stolen between Dec. 6 and 8 from a garage in the 3300 block of Sunnyside Avenue.
During a subsequent search of the residence, police reported finding other items, including prescription drugs, watches, jewelry, a cellphone and GPS units that had been reported stolen from vehicles parked within a few blocks of where Kamykowski was living in Brookfield between Nov. 7 and Dec. 8.
Police also learned that Kamykowski had reportedly sold a second dirt bike, stolen from the garage in the 3300 block of Sunnyside, for $300 to buy drugs.
Petrak said in addition to the items taken from vehicles in Brookfield, a computer flash drive found in the residence was reportedly stolen from a vehicle in Hinsdale and one GPS unit was taken from a vehicle in either LaGrange or Western Springs.
"Who knows how many things they've done down the road?" said Petrak, referring to Kamykowski and another possible suspect.
At the time of his arrest on Dec.10, Kamykowski was free on bond after being charged in Brookfield on Oct. 27 with four counts of attempted criminal trespass to a motor vehicle. He had a court date related to that arrest on Nov. 26.
Brookfield police apprehended Kamykowski on Oct. 27 along with a 19-year-old LaGrange resident who was not charged. The two had been suspected of walking along the 4100 block of Sunnyside Avenue and ransacking vehicles whose doors were unlocked.
When they were detained by police after a foot chase, Kamykowski was found to be wearing latex gloves. Police also recovered flashlights and two folding knives reportedly dropped by the two suspects.
At a bond hearing at the Maybrook courthouse on Dec. 12, a judge set Kamykowski's bond at $10,000 for each of the three new burglary charges and at $5,000 for violating the terms of his previous bail.
According to Petrak, Kamykowski posted bond and is free awaiting trial. However, Petrak said, police don't believe Kamykowski is living in Brookfield any longer.
Meanwhile, said Petrak, Brookfield police believe they have put a stop to a smaller spree of vehicle burglaries on the village's south end that has been occurring on and off since early October.
On Dec. 4, police arrested two men carrying backpacks at the intersection of Congress Park and Blanchan avenues. An anonymous caller phoned police about 10 p.m. that night to report two suspicious men checking door handles on vehicles in the 4500 block of Deyo Avenue. Police also discovered that the tires had been slashed on nine vehicles in the area.
Police detained Patrick Hernandez, 20, and Ruben F. Sapaula, 18. According to the police report, both men had been staying on and off at motels on Ogden Avenue in Brookfield. According to police, Sapaula, whose last known address was in Western Springs, was homeless. Hernandez's last known address was in Brookfield.
According to police, Hernandez was carrying a box cutter at the time of his arrest and later admitted slashing the tires of the vehicles. A GPS unit found inside Sapaula's backpack was stolen on Nov. 27 from a vehicle parked in the 4100 block of Blanchan Avenue, according to police.
Sapaula reportedly told police he stole the GPS unit in order to get money to pay for a place to stay. He was charged with one count of burglary and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hernandez remains in Cook County Jail with his bond set at $50,000, awaiting a Dec. 20 court date. Sapaula is free after posting bond.
"Between these two arrests, I think we've taken care of these two crews for now," said Petrak.