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updated: 12/23/2013 5:34 PM

Tip leads to burglary arrest in Antioch

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  • Michael B. Stefani

    Michael B. Stefani

Daily Herald report

A 22-year-old Antioch man who police said was caught over the weekend toting a backpack of stolen goods remained jailed Monday.

Michael B. Stefani, of the 400 block of Maplewood Avenue, was charged with six counts of burglary to a motor vehicle after being stopped by police early Sunday. Police said they were contacted about 1:34 a.m. by an alert resident saying there was a man burglarizing vehicles in the Oakwood Knolls subdivision.

According to police, officers called to the scene saw a man identified as Stefani carrying a backpack. A search after he was taken into custody turned up several items of identification as well as electronics that did not belong to him, police said.

Police said they canvassed the neighborhood and spoke with several car burglary victims in the subdivision. Several other items were found on the ground outside the burglarized vehicles and recovered as evidence, police said, and shoe impressions in the snow next to the burglarized vehicles matched the gym shoes Stefani was wearing.

All the items were identified and returned to their owners.

Burglary to a motor vehicle is a elony punishable by three to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000, according to police.

Stefani remained in the Lake County jail Monday afternoon needing to post 10 percent of $100,000 bond to be released. A court date has been scheduled for Jan. 3.

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