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Police: St. Charles man staged burglary, charged with theft

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 9:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 9:37 p.m. CDT
Andrew Sopoci

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A 30-year-old man was charged with theft after he reportedly staged a burglary at his residence in hopes it would distract his roommate from the fact that he owed her money, according to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office report.

A resident of the 6N200 block of Whitmore Circle, St. Charles Township, reportedly called authorities at about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 after returning home to find the garage door open, the front door unlocked, belongings rearranged and her DVDs – about 50 – gone. When police called her roommate, Andrew I. Sopoci, he told them he left the house around noon to go to work and had closed the garage door and locked the doors, police reported.

Police asked Sopoci to return home so they could talk in person, but Sopoci said he was receiving treatment following a crash in Bartlett, police said.

Police reportedly confirmed Sopoci was in a crash and his 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, which was totaled, was towed to Elgin.

Upon a request from the sheriff’s office, Elgin police visited the car and saw it contained numerous DVDs, police said.

When Sopoci returned home later that night, police reportedly confronted him with the information.

He said he stole the DVDs and tried to make the house appear burglarized because he owed his roommate money for rent, police reported.

He “thought if it looked like the house had been burglarized she would focus on the burglary and not [on] the fact that he owed her money,” police said.

Sopoci was charged with theft and taken into custody.

Online records showed he remained in custody Wednesday afternoon on $2,500 bail.

He is expected in court Aug. 21.

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