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Suspect accused in Campton Hills scam found, taken into custody

Published: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 11:34 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 6:26 a.m. CDT

CAMPTON HILLS – A 38-year-old man who dodged a five-year prison sentence and multiple felony charges out of Campton Hills has been taken into custody after eluding authorities for more than a year, Campton Hills Police Chief Dan Hoffman said.

Acting on an anonymous tip, Campton Hills police – with assistance from the St. Charles Police Department and Kane County Sheriff’s Office – arrested Daniel R. Kellogg on Saturday at a relative’s house in St. Charles, Hoffman said.

Kellogg was charged with flight to avoid prosecution/escape, a charge that carries no bond, Hoffman said. He said this is in addition to charges issued in 2011: burglary, deceptive practice and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The 2011 charges stem from fraudulent activity involving a house Kellogg rented in the 40W700 block of Grand Monde Drive in Campton Hills, Hoffman said. In addition to writing the owner a bad check, Kellogg reportedly sublet the house and changed the title to his name with a Quit Claim Deed by claiming his landlord was dead. He also tried to sell the residence as his own, but the owner’s real estate agent saw the listing.

Kellogg also authorized numerous improvements to the house, including the installation of a new HVAC system, Hoffman said. However, he said, Kellogg paid with bogus checks, resulting in thousands of dollars of liens placed on the house.

Additionally, Kellogg reportedly stole the landlord’s van and Corvette that were stored at the house. He scrapped the van and sold the sports car to a dealership, Hoffman said. The Corvette was located in Indiana and has been returned to its owner.

In late July 2011, the Campton Hills Police Department issued a nine-count felony warrant for Kellogg. Earlier that month, Kellogg was sentenced to five years in prison for burglarizing cars parked outside a St. Charles gym.

The judge gave him 30 days to report for incarceration, and Kellogg fled to Turkey, Hoffman said. Kellogg lived there until his recent return to the United States.

Online court records indicate Kellogg is expected in court for a status hearing Jan. 31.

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