Oak Park police have arrested a Chicago man linked to two residential burglaries in Forest Park and one in Oak Park, according to reports released by both police departments.
Oak Park police arrested Desmond Burton on June 9, after tracking stolen items to a Cash America Pawn at 1334 N. Pulaski Rd., according to a Forest Park police report.
Burton confessed to burglarizing two Forest Park residences – one in the 400 block of Ferdinand Avenue on May 27 and another in the 300 block of Elgin Avenue sometime between May 29 and June 1 – Forest Park police report. Burton also implicated himself in burglarizing a residence in Oak Park in the 600 block of Highland Avenue sometime between May 23 and 25, according to Oak Park police.
Oak Park police tracked Burton to the Cash America Pawn after discovering he had pawned an item at the store. On June 9, they placed Burton in custody while he attempted to sell a television at the same shop.
Once in custody, Burton admitted to the three burglaries, according to Forest Park police.
In the Oak Park burglary, Burton entered the residence by cutting the screen of a first floor window. Once inside the residence, he stole thousands of dollars in electronics and jewelry, police report. Items stolen in that burglary include: two Vintage Concord woman’s wristwatches worth a combined $4,500; a Macintosh Air laptop computer worth $1,200; an Apple iPad worth $600; and a Jansport backpack worth $30.
In the Ferdinand Avenue burglary, Burton allegedly kicked in the back door of the apartment unit and stole a stereo system, a Fossil brand watch, two backpacks, a MacBook, a MacBook Pro, a Canon T31 digital camera, a MacBook charger, an iPhone charger and jewelry. Forest Park police report that two checkbooks were taken from inside a safe in the apartment, along with a spare set of keys to the residence.
In the Elgin Avenue burglary, Burton is suspected of entering the building through a door to the basement that was damaged and removed from the door frame. Once inside the building, Burton allegedly damaged and removed a door leading to the second-floor apartment by removing it from the door frame.
Once inside the apartment, Burton stole a Kindle, a television, a Dell-brand Inspiron laptop, a Swiss Army backpack and a Powershot digital camera, police report.
A resident of the Elgin Avenue apartment told police that on May 28 a “suspicious” man “continually watched him while he loaded items into this car.”
Illinois Department of Corrections records show that Burton was arrested for committing two burglaries in 2004 and three others in 2005, 2007 and 2011. He was still on parole for the 2011 burglary when he was taken into custody by Oak Park police.