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updated: 10/30/2012 2:42 PM

Itasca burglary suspects charged as probe continues

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  • Jessica Jakaitis

      Jessica Jakaitis

  • Jeffrey Roman

      Jeffrey Roman

 

Police are investigating whether a man and woman from Addison are responsible for a string of burglaries in several DuPage County jurisdictions.

Jessica Jakaitis, 27, and Jeffrey Roman, 24, were arrested Oct. 24 after a joint investigation involving seven police agencies, Elmhurst Police Chief Dominic Panico announced Tuesday.

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Officers apprehended the suspects after watching them enter an Itasca home about 4:15 p.m. and carry out stolen property, Panico said. Now detectives are reviewing other recent burglaries and forensic evidence to determine whether they were involved in burglaries in Elmhurst and adjoining communities, according to a news release.

In the other cases, the suspects knocked on the doors of homes they wanted to burglarize, Panico said. If someone answered, they would ask for directions. If not, they would force their way in through a back door.

"The police department reminds all residents and businesses to be vigilant and call 911 to report suspicious persons or vehicles," Panico said, adding officers "continue to diligently investigate these crimes."

Jakaitis and Roman each face felony charges of residential burglary and remained jailed Tuesday on $150,000 bail. They're scheduled to appear in court next week.

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