Uptown in the News
May 4, 2005
Three Town Hall (23rd) District police officers have been recommended for department commendations for their roles in capturing a suspect who, police said, has confessed to "about 500 burglaries" and has already been charged in two of the most recent break-ins.
According to police reports, the 42-year-old unemployed Edgewater man was spotted breaking into a laundry room on the 4400 block of North Greenview Avenue around 2:10 a.m. Thursday, April 14.
Belinda Moyer, the first police officer on the scene, put out an alert with a full description of the wanted man. Officers Anthony Dombrowski and Mark Montecinos, who had been investigating a pattern of thefts from coin-operated machines in that area, spotted the suspect on the 4100 block of North Clark Street.
The suspect, according to Brian Degenhardt, the officers' supervisor, "put up a fight and lost." As Dombrowski and Montecinos tackled the suspect to the ground, $111 in quarter, a large screwdriver and a knife spilled out of his pockets, Degenhardt said.
After he was brought back to the scene and positively identified by the witness who called police, the suspect said "What can I say? You got me," according to police reports.
When Dombrowski and Montecinos tried to persuade the suspect to give them information about other burglaries, the man said he committed at least 500 break-ins and couldn't remember where they all happened, Degenhardt said.
According to Degenhardt, police could eventually clear more than 100 burglaries with this one arrest.
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