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St. Charles Police Arrest Man in West-Side Burglary

Police said a neighbor saw suspect in the home whose owners were not at home.

The residents of a home on Millburn Court have an alert neighbor to thank after he boldly followed an uninvited visitor into their home and surprised the man, who fled but was arrested minutes later by St. Charles police.

Carl D. Newsome, 39, of the 1600 block of Indiana Street, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon at his home. He was charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony.

Police said they are investigating to determine if there is any connection between Newsome and other burglaries in the neighborhood.

Police were called about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday to the home on Millburn Court on a report of a burglary in process. A resident told officers he saw an older-model dark blue Honda four-door vehicle pull into his neighbor’s driveway. A man then walked up to the home’s front door and rang the doorbell.

The resident told police he became suspicious because he knew his neighbors were not at home, so he walked over to the building.

As he walked up the driveway, the resident saw no one was in the Honda, and he then walked around to the back door, saw it was open, as was the garage door leading into the residence. The witness told police he entered the house, announced his presence, and asked if anyone was inside. The man then ran right past the witness and out the back door.

He told police he followed the man and saw him get back into his car and leave, so he called 911 and provided dispatchers detailed descriptions of both the man and the vehicle.

Police said the responding officers knew of a man on parole for past burglaries who matched the physical description of the burglar. Officers responded both to the scene of the burglary and to Newsome’s home on the 1600 block of Indiana Street, where they found Newsome pulling into the parking lot of his residence. Both Newsome and his vehicle matched the descriptions provided by the witness, police said.

Meantime, officers at the Millburn Court home found that the residence had been broken into, and police evidence technicians came to find and process evidence.

Police took the witness to Indiana Street where a show-up — in which the witness is allowed to physically look at the suspect — was conducted. Police said the witness positively identified Newsome and the blue Honda. Newsome was taken into custody without incident and transported to the St. Charles Police Department. The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the burglary charge, and Newsome was booked, processed, and transported to the Kane County Jail to await a court appearance.

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David Potter January 31, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Good Good Good!!!!!! Nothing worse then a thief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kay Ray February 01, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Alert neighbors at the best!!! (Although walking into the house, not so hot ).
Just sayin' February 01, 2013 at 02:12 PM
That's a good neighbor to have!
Vanessa Bell-LaSota February 01, 2013 at 07:36 PM
This is proof that organizing ,aintaining a close-knit Neighborhood Watch is key to keeping every neighborhood safe in STC. We need to build the program City-wide as was in most communities in it's heyday in the 1990's. Kane County maintains a very active program in outlying areas. Our Watch has 13 Block Captains and over 100 homes enrolled. It was organized by myself and Kim Malay 3 years ago.Bridges Montessori,owner Jan Dangles has generously offered their facility for meetings. In addition, the Near West Neighborhood Association was initiated 4 years ago, is maintained to disseminate info on issues to a data base of about 200 homes.http://www.stcnearwest.org/ Any neighborhood can do the same.Kim & I and a team-Noorgards, Ryans, Crowes, Swansons and many, many more residents went door to door to build the group. Along with our excellent Police force team , Crime Prevention Officer Bill Tynan,(& our first CPO Jim Beam) whose additional job is to work closely with community members, St Charles residents can feel confident that our community is striving to be a safe community. We decided to start an NWatch-we took responsibility for making that a reality. Go to www.stcharlesil.gov, click on Police ./ Crime Prevention &contact Bill Tynan to start a Watch in your area. Contact us -we'll be happy to answer questions from the grass roots level. Citizen Police Academy starts March-enroll NOW, online-great way to get upclose crime prevention experience &understanding.

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