NORTH AURORA – An alert resident and police worked together early Wednesday morning to catch a North Aurora man apparently burglarizing cars and police are now investigating additional, possibly linked vehicle burglaries, North Aurora police announced in a news release.
At 7:25 a.m. Sept. 18, a resident reported that a suspect was seen entering vehicles in the 500 block of East Victoria Circle, North Aurora the release stated.
The resident provided police with a description of the suspect, and officers located him a short distance away at Oak Street and Randall Road, the release stated.
Misael Bautista, 19, of the 500 block of Cherrywood Drive, was charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicles, the release stated.
Bautista is currently being held at the North Aurora Police Department, while an investigation is continuing, the release stated.
Bautista has been linked to at least one vehicle burglary and suspected in several more in North Aurora and the surrounding communities over the past six months, the release stated.
On Wednesday alone, officers have taken four vehicle burglary and three criminal damage to vehicle cases, under investigation. All vehicles were unlocked, the release stated.
Detectives recovered numerous items from Bautista and his residence which are believed to be proceeds from other burglaries, including numerous pairs of shoes, wallets, sunglasses, iPods or similar devices and watches, according to the release.
Anyone with information or who may have been a victim of a burglary is asked to call the North Aurora Investigations Division at 630-897-8705, ext. 610. Anonymous tips may be left by calling 630-897-8705 and choosing option 3.
Another option is to call Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000 and receive a reward for information leading to a felony arrest, the release stated.