Evanston police have charged a homeless man with burglarizing several churches, homes and businesses. The Chicago Tribune reports a picture from a security camera led to the arrest.

More details in this police press release:

Date: 31 January’06
To: Media Outlets
From: Deputy Chief Joe Bellino
RE: Burglary Suspect Arrested
The Evanston Police Department announces the arrest of
Keith PERRY, 42yrs d.o.b.9/4/63, l.k.a. 1458 Chicago Ave. Ev.
On 25 January’06, PERRY was charged with residential burglary for the break-in to a residence in the 1000 blk of Davis St., which was reported on 20 January ‘06, and one count of Burglary for the break-in to an Evanston resident’s vehicle which was parked in the 900blk of Grove St., which also occurred on 20 January’06
Earlier this month, Perry’s image was captured on a security videotape when he broke into the Margarita Inn, and took an employee’s jacket and mobile telephone. A photograph of Perry was made from the video tape. E.P.D. investigators canvassed the neighborhoods with PERRY’s picture. An identification of PERRY was made by staff members of a local homeless shelter. A flyer, with PERRY’s photo was prepared and circulated by investigators, indicating PERRY was wanted for questioning. On 24 Jan’06, in the early morning hours, an E.P.D. officer, while on patrol in the area of the Davis St. CTA station, stopped PERRY and conducted a field inquiry. The officer recognized PERRY from the flyer and took him into custody. At the time of his arrest, PERRY had proceeds from a residential burglary and a car burglary in his possession. In addition, PERRY had three active burglary warrants outstanding from Webster Groves, Clayton and St. Louis County, all in Missouri.
Through the subsequent questioning by detectives, and proceeds in his possession, ten burglaries (3 residential, 3 commercial, 3 church, 1 automobile) and 1 theft committed in Evanston have been cleared as well as two residential burglaries in Chicago IL
PERRY is scheduled to appear in the Skokie IL. 2nd District courthouse on 6 Feb’06 at 9:00AM.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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