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Lawsuit accuses couple of damage to Campton Hills home

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  • Peter Mazzara

    Peter Mazzara


The legal woes keep mounting for a man accused of damaging a $1 million Campton Hills home he was being evicted from.

Peter Mazzara, 34, of the 3000 block of Renard Lane, St. Charles, was arrested in late October after being charged in Kane County with felony theft of more than $10,000 and felony damage to property of more than $10,000.

Now, Mazzara and his wife, Samantha, recently were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed in Kane County by Todd and Lisa Gibson, who were selling the home on the 3N600 block of James Fenimore Cooper Lane via "agreement for warranty deed" to the Mazzaras.

The Gibsons want the Mazzaras held responsible for items taken or damaged after they were ordered by a judge to vacate the home by end of the day Oct. 15.

The Gibsons seek $143,375 in damages -- $50,000 for court costs and $93,375 for replacing or fixing items along with three months worth of lost payments while repair work is being done.

The civil suit points to the theft or damage of numerous items, including a chair rail, baseboards, doors, countertops, parts of a refrigerator, walls, mirrors, light fixtures, granite and marble countertops, a garbage disposal, a basketball hoop, swimming pool and automatic pool cover.

The Gibsons' attorney, Mark Doherty, also claims to possess "video of the defendants, or persons acting on their behalf, removing the property from the subject real estate," according to the lawsuit.

Both sides are due in court Feb. 2.

Doherty did not return a message Tuesday.

It was unclear who was representing the Mazzaras in the civil suit. A message left with Jeffrey Sypolt, who is Mazzara's criminal defense attorney, was not returned.

Samantha Mazzara is not charged with criminal wrongdoing.

Peter Mazzara is next due in court Dec. 27 on the criminal charges, and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

Peter Mazzara is also due in Lake County circuit court Jan. 10, on a petition to revoke his probation in a 2008 felony theft case, in which he pleaded guilty to stealing more than $34,000 from an elderly Gurnee woman under the guise of investing the money.

Peter Mazzara has also been sued in Kane County for eviction from a house he rented; in Cook County for, among other things, not paying a loan on a Lexus automobile; and in DuPage County on unpaid bills and a home foreclosure.

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