Aurora man pleads guilty in ‘smash-and-grab’ burglaries

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

A man accused of multiple burglaries last year in St. Charles, Campton Hills and Aurora has pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, according to Kane County court records.

Mark E. Swienton, 49, of Aurora, pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to burglarizing NAPA Auto Parts at 201 S. Third St. in St. Charles and a gas station in Aurora, records show.

Judge Susan Clancy Boles accepted his plea. Sentencing was continued to March 26.

Swienton also had been charged with burglarizing Valley Springs Auto Spa in St. Charles, J. DeMarco Salon in Campton Hills and six other businesses – mostly gas stations – in Aurora.

Police described the burglaries as “smash-and-grab.” In St. Charles, police reported that Swienton threw a rock through a window at NAPA Auto Parts to gain entry.

Court records indicate some charges are being dismissed.

“Defendant enters a cold plea, and partially negotiated plea as it relates to dismissal of remaining counts in lieu of stipulation of restitution amounts as provided by victims on those listed counts that are being dismissed,” a court document states.

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