Update: Police Arrest Denburn Woods Burglary Suspect

19-year-old arrested over the weekend is currently on probation for felony weapons charge.

Downers Grove Police arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the .

Over the weekend Downers Police arrested Andrew Walczak, 1443 Maple Avenue, in connection with those crimes. When police searches Walczak’s home they located a a pellet rifle and items reportedly stolen in the Denburn Woods burglaries.

Walczak has been charged with one count of burglary. He is being held at the DuPage County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

This is not Walczak's first run-in with the law. Sgt. Dave Bormann of the Downers Grove Police Department said Walczak was arrested for criminal trespass to a motor vehicle as well as a DUI. Walczak was also convicted for felony weapons charges, he said. Walczak was given 30 months probation for unlawful posession of a firearm, which he was still serving at the time of the arrest on burglary charges.

Paul Darrah, spokesman for the DuPage County State's Attorneys Office, said Walczak is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 29 for violation of his probation. Unlawful posession of a firearm carries a sentence of up to three years in jail.

Last week police responded to a tip that a man wearing a green or olive shirt and carrying one or more firearms was attempting to break into some vehicles on the 1300 block of Turvey Road.

Police searched the Maple Grove Forest Preserve but were unsuccessful in finding the suspect.

The upscale neighborhood has been the scene of several recent incidents, including and , including slashed tires on several vehicles, damaged plant beds and at least two cut garden hoses. The fire remains under investigation and a cause has not been determined, Bormann said.

At the time of the fire a Meadow Lane resident reported a Weber grill and cover valued at $205 had been taken from her rear patio between 8 p.m. July 15 and 4 p.m. July 16. A light fixture valued at $75 and a sundial valued at $25 also were damaged at the home.

A court date for the burglary charges has yet to be set, Darrah said.

Andrea Knudsen August 01, 2011 at 08:01 PM
A 19-year-old should know better, of course, but it's SO young to ruin your life. What a waste.
Nick Beam August 01, 2011 at 08:48 PM
This is really unfortunate. I knew this kid when he was in jr high and coached him, he was a nice and very bright kid, but you could tell he had issues at home... You only get so many chances...
Jeffrey Crane August 01, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Troubling times. Teen unemployment is near 40% I thought I read recently. Just saying....
goddess August 01, 2011 at 09:53 PM
No excuse.
Brian Mc August 02, 2011 at 05:29 PM
It will be interesting to see if the various vandalism, theft and other nonsense stops in this area now that our 19 year old career criminal is in the pokey. It always surprised me that this area was so hard hit by random crime, but now that we know this fella lived along the edge of the neighborhood, I can't help but think we had a 1 man crime spree going on. I know the arson investigation is ongoing, but I have to wonder if that dot is also connected, especially since he was tied to prior incidents through the search of his home. Major applause is due for the hard work of the DG police, who realized that if this guy escaped their perimeter on robbery day, he very likely lived within said perimeter. Excellent work by the officers finding this creep.


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