A St. Charles man has been charged in connection with at least one of the recent home burglaries in south Naperville.
David Teafoe, 20, of the 100 block of North 15th Street, is accused of stealing items including jewelry and a car on Sept. 7 from a house on the 2000 block of Cobblebrook Lane, Naperville police said.
He was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of residential burglary and one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Naperville police said Teafoe's bond was set at $15,000 and he was in DuPage County jail on Thursday.
Sgt. Lou Cammiso said Teafoe entered the unlocked house at night when residents were upstairs sleeping. Teafoe is accused of stealing jewelry and other items from the first floor, then finding the keys to a newer-model Volkswagen Passat parked in the garage and driving it away.
The burglary occurred during a string of such crimes in which 29 Naperville homes reportedly were burglarized in six weeks. So far, Teafoe is charged only in the Cobblebrook Lane burglary.
"We're still investigating how many he might be responsible for," Cammiso said.
During the string of burglaries from mid-August to late September, police noticed patterns and believed two or more groups of offenders could have been responsible. The city saw both daytime and nighttime burglaries, some with forced entry and others in which culprits entered through unlocked doors.
The pattern of burglaries has died down, but police continue to investigate and search for other possible suspects in those that remain unsolved. Residents have reported hundreds of suspicious people and vehicles, and police encourage everyone to remain vigilant in alerting them to anything out of the ordinary.
Cammiso said authorities tracked down Teafoe using evidence found when the stolen Passat was recovered. Police are asking anyone who has information about Teafoe's activities to call Investigations Cmdr. Brian Cunningham at (630) 305-6224 or Naperville Crime Stoppers at (630) 420-6006.
"We're going to continue to try and tie him to as many burglaries as we can," Cammiso said. "But we realize there may be other offenders out there."Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.