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Probation for man who burglarized Elgin cop's home

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A 21-year-old man who got caught red-handed by an Elgin police officer burglarizing the cop's home in January has pleaded guilty and received 30 months of probation.

Ryan J. Hukill, of the 500 block of Redtail Ridge, Elgin, also was sentenced to 180 days in jail, which he has already served, and fined nearly $700 for the felony, according to court records.

Hukill was charged with felony residential burglary Jan. 2 after an on-duty Elgin police officer who stopped home during his dinner break discovered his home was being burglarized and caught Hukill.

Kane County Judge Clint Hull accepted the plea Friday, according to court records. The felony carried a top prison term of 15 years, but probation also was an option.

A receptionist at the office of defense attorney Timothy Mahoney, who represented Hukill in the case, said Mahoney had no comment on the case.

Hukill also was charged with another burglary on the 500 block of Red Tail Ridge from late November 2012 and a television burglary from June 2012 from a garage in the 500 block of Barn Swallow Way. But those charges were later dismissed, records show.

The charges came after police searched Hukill's home Jan. 4 and found the television, which was reported stolen, along with 16 vials of drugs, syringes, watches, jewelry, sets of car keys, and an envelope to mail items to a gold buyer in exchange for cash, according to court records.

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