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posted: 8/9/2012 6:15 PM

Dogs used to find Buffalo Grove man charged with burglary

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By Freida Gad

Police used dogs to help find a man who was seen attempting to break into a Buffalo Grove home, resulting in the arrest of a Buffalo Grove man around 4 p.m. Tuesday on the 800 block of North McHenry Road, a police report said.

Erik M. Dammstrom, 28, of the 1200 block of Mill Creek Drive, was charged with felony residential burglary and possession of burglary tools.

The report said said he rang the door bell, then tried to open the locked front door at a home on the 500 block of Harris Drive around 3:40 p.m. He walked to the back of the home, slipped his hand inside his shirt so as to not leave fingerprints and tried to open the patio slider door, according to the report.

Two male residents heard and then saw him, police said. One who was 18 confronted the burglar at the back door, then watched where the man fled while having his younger brother phone 911, according to the report.

Officers, with help from the Arlington Heights K-9 unit, found Dammstrom walking near the Golf Dome and pedestrian overpass bridge at Buffalo Grove and McHenry roads and later found the backpack with burglary tools hidden in bushes behind an animal hospital, the report said. Under questioning, Dammstrom admitted his intention to commit burglary, the report said.

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