St. Charles burglary suspect staying put for now

Updated 1/31/2011 5:32 PM

It looks like Gregory Behrendt's latest arrest on burglary charges will be his last for the time being.

That's because a Kane County judge last week revoked the St. Charles man's bail in light of his second arrest in as many months.


Police say Behrendt, 56, of the 1200 block of Winners Cup Circle, is a serial burglar with an appetite for high-end housewares.

He was first arrested in April after police linked him to a burglary spree on St. Charles' northeast side. Less than two months later, while out on bond, he was picked up again in connection with multiple burglaries in his own neighborhood and also Geneva, according to police.

Although Behrendt had sought a bond reduction in court Tuesday, Judge Allen M. Anderson agreed with Prosecutor Kelly Orland's request to yank his bail entirely, meaning Behrendt must remain in the county lockup while his cases are pending.

According to court records, Behrendt faces more than a dozen counts of residential burglary and related charges.

His next court date is Sept. 24.

Jail attack: A Sugar Grove man is looking at a potentially stiff prison term for attacking a Kane County jail guard.

Dijon R. Grissette, 36, of the 200 block of Maple Street, was convicted by a Kane County jury last week on one count of aggravated battery to a corrections officer, a Class 2 felony. He faces between three and 14 years in prison at sentencing Sept. 22 in front of Judge Thomas E. Mueller.

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Prosecutors said Grissette was being held on an unrelated charge May 20, 2009, when he threatened two jail guards who were putting him in his cell, and struck one of them. After the attack, jail officials were able to subdue Grissette with pepper spray, but prosecutors said he continued to threaten them.

Clarification: An Aug. 13 story about the conviction of Johnny Reed, 44, of Elgin, failed to mention that Reed was sentenced to an additional 10 years in prison for failure to register as a sex offender.

Reed pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, in exchange for a 30-year prison term. He also admitted he failed to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to 10 more years, which are to be served consecutively.

Prosecutors said Reed sexually assaulted a 49-year-old mentally disabled woman while on parole from an 11-year prison term for a prior sex offense. The allegations surfaced in December after police discovered the former Bartlett man living in Elgin without being registered there as a sex offender.

By law, Reed must serve at least 85 percent of the 30-year term and half of the 10-year term, or about 30 years and six months total. He was given credit for 228 days served in the county jail.

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