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Crime & Courts

Residential burglaries reported in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – Two homes on the city's west side reportedly were burglarized within a week's time, and in one case, the family was home.

Residents of the 400 block of South 13th Street told police that about 4:45 p.m. Jan. 26, a man knocked on their front door and rang the doorbell. As the mother went to answer the door, she reported hearing the front door open and saw a 35- to 40-year-old man standing about a foot inside the door.

"The man in broken English asked repeatedly, 'Where's Susanna?' and then started backing out of the residence," according to a St. Charles police report.

The mother reportedly saw the man fumbling with something dark in his hands. As he got into the dark green Chrysler minivan parked in the driveway, she noticed her husband's wallet was missing from a short wall adjacent to the front door, police reported.

None of the residents saw the man take the wallet, police reported.

The wallet reportedly was valued at $50 and contained $450 to $500, a driver's license and credit and debit cards.

The family described the intruder as Hispanic, about 5-foot-5 and 170 pounds with a long, thin growth on his chin. He wore a bright orange Chicago Bears jersey with a heavy black and possibly hooded coat over it.

Wednesday, the buyer of a vacant home in the 1000 block of South Sixth Street discovered a door's window pane had been smashed and someone had gained entry to the home, police reported.

Nothing was reported missing, but the garage service door had been kicked in and needed to be replaced; the intruder had urinated on the floors in both bathrooms; the intruder had smoked marijuana in the upstairs bedroom, leaving burn marks on wooden shelves; beer bottles had been thrown in the fireplace; and the intruder had rummaged through personal belongings in the garage and left shoe marks and dirt on furniture, police reported.

Repair costs were estimated at $200 for the window and $500 for the garage door.

The burglary was believed to have happened after noon Sunday, when the buyer last visited the property, police reported.

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