By Megan Dooley
A man accused of a string of February burglaries in the River Forest area was arrested March 22 at the DuPage County Jail, where he was being held in connection with other crimes.
River Forest police arrested Alex E. Miles, 18, of Forestview Road in Bensenville, for eight burglaries between Feb. 14 and Feb. 24, mostly to unlocked vehicles and garages. Though mostly suspected of stealing small electronics and loose change during the burglaries, Miles is also accused of motor vehicle theft.
Miles was initially taken into custody by DuPage County officers last month, after attempting to flee the scene when the officers spotted him in a vehicle matching the description of one stolen in River Forest. "We had been looking for him," said River Forest Police Sgt. Michael Thornley. But when DuPage County got to him first, Thornley said the River Forest department didn't want to do anything to interfere with their case.
He was finally arrested by River Forest police officers last week. With felony charges pending in DuPage County, Miles was also charged with two counts of felony burglary in River Forest. The River Forest department said there was evidence directly linking Miles to the other six burglaries in question, but not enough forensic or physical evidence to support additional charges in court.
But Thornley said River Forest police are still happy with the arrest. "It's a closure...which is a good thing for us," he said, adding that overnight burglaries like these are often difficult to solve. "It's nice to close on those," he said.
"Removing a serial burglar off the street has a regional effect on crime," said Chief Gregory Weiss. "Residents need to rest assured that the officers of the River Forest police department are professionals and take their jobs seriously. This is one of a series of success stories that officers can be proud of as they protect the lives and property of the community they serve."