North Aurora, IL – An alert resident and police worked together early this morning to catch a North Aurora man apparently burglarizing cars and police are now investigating additional, apparently linked vehicle burglaries.
At about 7:25 a.m., a resident reported that a suspect was seen entering vehicles in the 500 block of East Victoria Circle, provided police with a description of the suspect, and officers located the suspect a short distance away at Oak St. & Randall Rd. The suspect was identified as Misael Bautista, 19, of the 500 block of Cherrywood Drive, and after an on-scene investigation, he was arrested and transported to the North Aurora Police Department, where the investigation continues.
After consultation with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, Bautista has been charged with Burglary, a Class 3 Felony, and Criminal Trespass to Vehicle, a Class A Misdemeanor, and is currently being held at the North Aurora Police Department.
Bautista has been linked to at least one vehicle burglary and suspected in several more in North Aurora and the surrounding communities over the past six months. Today alone, officers have taken 4 Vehicle Burglary and 3 Criminal Damage to Vehicle cases, which remain under investigation. All vehicles were unlocked.
Detectives recovered numerous items from Bautista and his residence which are believed to be proceeds from other burglaries, including numerous pairs of shoes, wallets, sunglasses, iPods or similar devices, and watches.
Anyone with information or who may have been a victim of a burglary is asked to call the Investigations Division at (630) 897-8705, extension 610. Anonymous tips may be left by calling (630) 897-8705 and choosing option 3. Or call Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000 and receive a reward for information leading to a felony arrest.
Criminal charges are merely accusations and Bautista is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
For media inquiries, contact:
Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki
630-897-8705, ext. 752