Wilmette nabs alleged burglar in bushes
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Updated: December 9, 2012 6:14AM
Wilmette police on Wednesday charged a Chicago man with two felony counts of residential burglary after finding him hiding in bushes with a pile of stolen goods around him.
Arnold Rogers, 41, of 1458 S. Canal St., was paroled a week earlier after serving five years of an 11-year sentence for burglary, police said.
Rogers is being held at Cook County Jail on $80,000 bond following a Thursday bond hearing. His next court date is Nov. 14.
Officers were called to a townhouse on the 500 block of Ridge Road Wednesday afternoon. The owner told them someone smashed a rear door window and stole five laptop computers, a camera, electronic equipment, jewelry and clothing.
He also told police a neighboring townhouse appeared to have been broken into in the same fashion.
As more officers arrived, another neighbor reported seeing a man sitting in bushes in a nearby alley south of the 1900 block of Highland Avenue. When police checked, they found Arnold surrounded by items from both burglarized residences, including more jewelry, clothing and two more computers.
Police said Rogers was paroled from the Illinois Department of Corrections on Oct. 24, and had been questioned by Wilmette officers on Oct. 30, after they saw him hanging out in alleys on the 600 block of Ridge Road.
They also urged residents to reinforce glass door panels or windows with security film, if they are closer than 42 inches away from door handles, to stymie the type of break-in for which Rogers is charged ~.