Bond Set at $150,000 for Naperville Man Charged with Residential Burglaries
(The following is a joint press release issued by the Naperville Police Department and DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.)
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Jason Arres announced today that bond has been set for a Naperville man accused of burglarizing two Naperville homes. Raul Romero, 29 (d.o.b. 6/27/1992) of the 800 block of Beaumont Drive, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge John Kinsella set bond at $150,000 with 10% to apply. Romero has been charged with two counts of Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony), five counts of Attempt Residential Burglary (Class 2 Felony) and one count of Burglary (Class 3 Felony).
On November 30, 2021, at approximately 4:09 a.m., officers with the Naperville Police Department were dispatched to Wintergreen Circle for a call of an intruder in a home. Upon their arrival, officers found the living room had been ransacked. A short time later, officers were dispatched to Wildflower Circle for a call of an attached garage burglary. At approximately 5:15 a.m., officers again received a call from a homeowner on Boneset Circle who noticed his garage door was open and saw an individual inside the homeowner’s vehicle parked on the driveway. As officers were investigating this call, they noticed motion sensor lights were activated and located Romero allegedly hiding in the backyard. He was taken into custody at this time. The following morning, the Naperville Police Department received calls for five additional car burglaries. Following an investigation into the incidents, it is alleged that during the early morning hours of November 30, 2021, Romero entered two homes, entered one vehicle and attempted to enter five additional homes. Through the course of their investigation, officers found miscellaneous items scattered throughout the neighborhood including a coffee maker, credit cards and an Xbox 360. It is alleged that Romero’s crimes occurred on Wintergreen Circle, Wildflower Circle, Boneset Circle, Azalea Court and Feldott Lane.
“The type of behavior alleged in this case can have a devastating impact not just on the victims, but also on the entire community,” Berlin said. “A home is a family’s sanctuary and when a crime such as is alleged in this case occurs, it can leave every household in the community shaken to the core, wondering if they are next. Thanks to the outstanding work of the Naperville Police Department, the suspect in this case has been arrested and now faces multiple felony charges. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorney Denis Cahill for his efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Romero.”
“The alleged burglary offenses committed by this offender, in a sense, robs the community of their sense of security. Any time we can get a person responsible for such actions off the streets, our community will be safer as a result,” Arres said. “I would like to thank the patrol officers that initially responded to the scene and took the alleged offender into custody. I would also like to recognize our investigations personnel for working through the numerous incidents that were involved in this case and DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin’s office for their outstanding collaboration and assistance with this investigation. Lastly, I want to call our entire community to action to help prevent these crimes. Please remember to always lock your car and garage access doors and secure your belongings. These few steps can greatly reduce victimization of these types of crimes in our city.”
Romero’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 30, 2021, for arraignment in front of Judge Kinsella.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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