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Police: Would-be burglar caught in Naperville house

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  • Blake A. Nash

    Blake A. Nash


A would-be burglar who walked into a Naperville family's unlocked home Friday night was arrested before he could steal anything or even leave the house, authorities said Monday.

Blake A. Nash, 25, of the 1300 block of East Chicago Avenue in Naperville, is accused of entering a house on the 300 block of East 11th Avenue and refusing to leave when confronted by the homeowner, Sgt. Steve Schindlbeck said.

Schindlbeck said the family got out of the house shortly before 11 p.m. July 4 and went to a neighbor's, then called police. Officers searching the home found Nash in the garage.

Although Nash didn't steal anything, Schindlbeck said he was charged with one count of residential burglary because he made unlawful entry into the house. He also is facing two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer and three counts of resisting or obstructing a police officer, according to DuPage County court records.

Schindlbeck said he is unaware if Nash was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he entered the house, and his actions appear unrelated to any other burglaries.

"There doesn't seem to be any correlation between the suspect and the house," Schindlbeck said. "It was just a random act on the suspect's part."

Detectives will review open cases this week, however, to determine if Nash may have been involved.

This is not Nash's first run-in with the law, according to DuPage County court records.

In 2012, Nash was charged with resisting a police officer on Chicago Avenue in Naperville while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Records show Nash was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to write a letter of apology to police, but he did not show up on his one-year court date or provide proof of an apology letter.

When police arrested Nash on July 4, he also was brought in on a $575 warrant for failing to appear in court in 2013. To get out of jail, he will have to pay that amount plus $12,500 in bail for the new charges, according to court records. Authorities said he remains in DuPage County jail and his next court date is July 28.

Records show Nash also was charged in 2009 with stealing T-shirts from the JCPenney inside Westfield Fox Valley Shopping Center in Aurora, and in 2006 with criminal trespass to Jackson Avenue Park in Naperville.

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