NORTH AURORA – An alert citizen’s call to police for a suspicious vehicle resulted in officers interrupting a vehicle burglary in progress in the 100 block of Briar Lane on North Aurora’s east side at about 5:15 a.m. April 9, officials announced in a news release.
Witnesses stated that a vehicle had been parked in front of the house for about 45 minutes, but the driver of the vehicle had walked away on foot – so officers began a search for him, the release stated.
Officers found Jovany Marquez-Venegas, 19, of the 700 block of Pierce Street, Aurora, as he exited a vehicle in the 200 block of Briar Lane, the release stated.
Marquez-Venegas matched the description provided by witnesses, the release stated.
Marquez-Venegas was charged with felony burglary to a motor vehicle and two counts of misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicles.
Additional investigation revealed two additional vehicles that Marquez-Venegas illegally entered but did not take anything.
Marquez-Venegas was released on a personal recognizance bond, court records show. He is scheduled to appear in court May 2 for a status hearing.
Police recovered items that are believed to be stolen and are seeking anyone who might be missing such items to call the investigations division.
The items are a black and green iPod, a gray Visa gift card, a Black Harbor Freight flashlight and a Silver Element flashlight, the release stated.
Additionally, police received similar reports of car burglaries in the same area around the same time, but it is not yet known if these incidents are related to the charges brought against Marquez-Venegas.
Three incidents were reported in 200 block of Hill Avenue and two in the 100 block of Dee Road.
All vehicles involved in the burglaries were unlocked and did not require any forced entry, the release stated.
Police recommend locking car doors and parking in the garage. If that is not possible, all valuables should be removed – including keys and garage door openers.
These cases remain under investigation. Anyone with information about any of them is asked to call the investigations division at 630-897-8705, ext 610. Anonymous tips may be left by calling 630-897-8705 and choosing option 3. Or call Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000 and receive a reward for information leading to a felony arrest