ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles man on parole for past burglaries was arrested Wednesday after a witness saw him burglarizing his neighbor's home, St. Charles police said.
Carl D. Newsome, 39, of the 1600 block of Indiana Street, faces one count of residential burglary, a Class 1 felony. Online records indicate his bail is $50,000.
A resident of the 1100 block of Millburn Court told police he saw an older model dark blue Honda sedan pull into his neighbor's driveway at about 2:50 p.m. and watched as the occupant walked to the front door and rang the bell.
Knowing his neighbors were on vacation, the witness reportedly walked to the house and saw that the vehicle was unoccupied. He then walked to the back door, which was open along with the garage door leading into the house, police said.
Police spokesperson Paul McCurtain said entry had been forced to both doors.
The witness reportedly entered the house, announced his presence and asked if anyone was there. Newsome ran directly past the witness and out the back door, police said.
McCurtain commended the witness, who called 911 and provided detailed descriptions of Newsome and his vehicle.
It is "so important to watch out for one another," McCurtain said.
Officers knew of a person on parole for past St. Charles burglaries who matched the provided description, so officers responded to Millburn Court and the parolee's home on Indiana Street, police said. There, police reported, they saw Newsome pull into his residence's parking lot.
The witness was taken to Indiana Street, where he positively identified Newsome and the Honda, police said.
A couple of other residential burglaries have been reported within the last week, McCurtain said. They are still under investigation, and police will determine whether they are tied to Newsome, he said.