Officers on a call in the River North neighborhood nabbed a man leaving an electronics store in the early morning hours with a bag in his hand -- and apparently solved a string of nearly 20 burglaries dating back to August, police said.
Rodney Burton, 47, was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Thursday after police answering a call about a burglary spotted him leaving a business in the 400 block of West Huron Street, according to police. He was carrying a bag and quickly got into his car, but the officers stopped him as he drove off, police said.
Inside the bag, police say they found burglary tools and several Blue-ray DVDS. A door to the business, they discovered, had been pried open, police said.
Authorities have so far linked him to 19 burglaries dating back to August in the Central, Near North and Near West police districts, police said in a statement.
Burton, of the first block of North Hoyne Avenue, was charged with felony of burglary and felony possession of burglary tools.
Burton appeared before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Donald Panarese midday today and was given a personal recognizance bond and was ordered put on electronic monitoring, said Cook County state's attorney spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.