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updated: 5/15/2013 12:02 PM

Inverness man gets probation for retirement home burglary

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An Inverness man pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking a TV from a Palatine retirement home earlier this year.

Leonardo Adames, 33, pleaded guilty to burglary in exchange for a sentence of 24 months of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) probation, which provides substance abuse treatment to nonviolent offenders as an alternative to prison. Cook County Judge Kay Hanlon also ordered Adames to pay $500 in restitution.

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"Now it's going to be up to you," Hanlon said after Adames expressed his appreciation to the court, prosecutors and his attorney, Steve Roach.

"I've known Leo for 10 years and he's really turned his life around," Roach told the court.

At around 3 a.m. on Jan. 27, Adames entered the Tamarack Retirement Home, removed a flat-screen TV from a lobby wall and left, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Mike Clarke. Outside, Adames smashed the window of a Cadillac with a shovel, Clarke said.

During Adames' bond hearing in January, prosecutors said Adames told officers he and his friends had been out clubbing and they had left him at the retirement home. He reportedly told authorities he didn't remember anything after that, prosecutors said.

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