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updated: 8/10/2012 5:10 PM

Campton Hills house theft suspect fails to show in court

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  • Peter A. Mazzara

    Peter A. Mazzara


Bond has been forfeited, and an arrest warrant issued, for a St. Charles man accused of looting the Campton Hills house from which he was evicted.

Peter A. Mazzara was due to be arraigned Thursday before Kane County Associate Judge Clint Hull, but failed to appear. Mazzara had been free on $5,000 bond.

If arrested, he will have to post another $5,000 cash as bond.

Neither he nor his attorney could not be reached for comment Friday. A phone number listed for his current address gave a message that "all circuits are busy." The law firm his attorney listed in court records said she no longer works there.

Mazzara, 34, was charged with felony criminal damage to property and theft in October 2011. He was indicted June 12.

Mazzara is accused of stealing, on Oct. 14 and 16, household appliances, light fixtures, countertops, carpets and assorted other items from the house in the Fox Mill subdivision.

Mazzara was buying the house, via an agreement for warranty deed. In civil cases brought by the seller in 2011, he was accused of failing to make a mortgage payment twice and that when he did make one of the payments the check bounced. In September 2011 a judge ordered eviction. The owners complained about removal of items Oct. 14. Police investigating discovered Mazzara was wanted on a criminal warrant out of Lake County and arrested him.

Mazzara posted bond on the Lake County warrant. Campton Hills police say he then returned Oct. 16 and removed more items. He was arrested Oct. 27 at a Lake County court appearance.

In 2008, Mazzara pleaded guilty to charges he stole from an elderly Gurnee woman. She had given him $50,000 to invest, but investigators found instead he deposited the money into a bank account tied to his wife's tanning business in Chicago.

The state of Illinois suspended his securities agent registration in 2006.

In Cook County, the state attorney general in 2007 won a $698 judgment against him, his wife and the tanning business; a man won a judgment and order of possession of $37,170 against the Mazzaras and the tanning business in 2005; Lexus Financial SE won a judgment of $32,800 in 2003; and Diversified Financial won a judgment of $2,445 in 2003.

In Kane County, he was sued for eviction and back rent for a house at 39W758 Walt Whitman Road -- also in the Fox Mill subdivision -- in 2010; and for eviction from an office in St. Charles over unpaid rent and utilities in 2007.

In DuPage County, Mazzara was sued by a residential steel fabricator, and he was named in a foreclosure action in 2008. In 2006, Wells Fargo Bank sued the Mazzaras, and in 2007 Pella Windows and Doors filed an arbitration suit, and the village of Clarendon Hills charged Peter Mazzara with several ordinance violations.

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