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Police Reports

Kaneville home security video leads to burglary arrest

Burglary suspect being held on $150k bond

Nicholas J. Bower was charged with felony residential burglary and misdemeanor theft
Nicholas J. Bower was charged with felony residential burglary and misdemeanor theft

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A Hinckley man was charged April 11 with felony residential burglary of a house in the 48W000 block of Perry Road in Kaneville Township after Kane County Sheriff’s deputies identified him from security footage, Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain announced in a news release.

Nicholas J. Bower, 31, of the 100 block of Oak Street, Hinckley, was also charged with misdemeanor theft, according to the release and court records.

Deputies located Bower at a residence in DeKalb where he was taken into custody, the release stated. Hain praised his deputies’ police work.

“This arrest was a fine example of a swift, coordinated, and professional response by our deputies,” Hain stated in the release.

According to Kane County Sheriff’s reports, the homeowner was not at home when he received a notice on his cell phone from a motion-activated video surveillance system in the doorbell.

The caller told deputies that a black pickup was parked in his driveway, backed up to the attached garage door and that a person had gotten into the house and appeared to be removing items, reports stated.

Once deputies and the homeowners arrived, they saw an exterior door had been forced open, reports stated.

The homeowners reported that a small safe was missing. It contained documents such as birth certificates, marriage license and passports, as well as a coin collection and some jewelry, reports stated.

Deputies located a safe and other items taken from the Kaneville home, the release stated. 

Deputies used the surveillance video to identify Bower and a black Dodge Dakota pickup truck with his license plate, reports stated.

Bower is being held in the Kane County jail on $150,000 bond. He would have to post 10% or $15,000 bail in order to be released.

The residential burglary charge is a Class 1 felony punishable by four to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

Bower is to appear in court April 24.

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