Police: Recently Paroled Chicago Man Stole Laptops, Jewelry from Wilmette Homes

The man allegedly smashed open rear-door window to gain entry.

A Chicago man has been charged with two counts of residential burglary after he allegedly broke into two Wilmette townhomes Wednesday and stole laptops, camera equipment and jewelry, police reported.

Arnold Rogers, 41, of the 1400 block of South Canal Street, Chicago, was released on parole less than a week earlier after serving five years of an 11-year sentence for burglary, police reported.

Wilmette police officers responded to a burglary call in the 500 block of Ridge Road at 3:37 p.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, officers found that the rear-door window panes of two townhomes had been smashed open.

A resident of one of the burglarized townhomes told police that someone had stolen five laptop computers, a camera, electronic equipment, jewelry, clothing and an athletic bag form the residence.

As more officers arrived on the scene, a neighbor approached police and state that she had seen an unknown man sitting in the bushes lining a nearby alley. When police investigated, they reported finding Rogers hiding in the bushes, surrounded by the stolen items.

Police reported Rogers later admitted to both robberies.

Rogers is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie on Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

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