Woman Charged in Clarendon Hills Burglary Following Arrest in Downers Grove

Police said Kamila Burczyc, 23, and Michael A. Sauer, 24, both of Worth, broke into a Clarendon Hills home Aug. 30. They were arrested Friday in connection with a string of burglaries in Downers Grove.

charged a Worth, IL, woman Tuesday with felony residential burglary in connection with an Aug. 30 incident during which she and an associate broke into a home in the 200 block of Oxford Avenue and stole two pieces of electronic equipment, Chief Ted Jenkins said.

Kamila Burczyc, 23, was charged after she was found to be involved in  with the same associate, Jenkins said. Prior to that, Clarendon Hills Police had identified Burczyc as a suspect when she was listed as the seller of the missing electronics equipment, one iPod and one camera, at an area pawnshop after the Clarendon Hills burglary.

Burczyc and 24-year-old Worth resident Michael A. Sauer, , broke into the Oxford home around 10:15 a.m. Aug. 30 via a locked back door, police said. Jenkins said a witness saw two suspicious persons, one male and one female, leaving the home soon after.

The victims of the burglary left the serial numbers on the stolen items, which were tracked to a pawnshop in Stone Park. That shop’s records showed that Burczyc was the seller.

“That’s not enough to charge that person,” Jenkins said.

It wasn’t until Burczyc resurfaced in the Downers Grove burglary that Clarendon Hills Police had enough. She was charged with one count of felony residential burglary and transported to DuPage County Jail.

According to a press release from the Village of Clarendon Hills on Tuesday, Burczyc and Sauer “are linked to several residential burglaries in a number of communities.”

The stolen property was successfully recovered. 

Sauer and Burczyc's arrests were announced Monday by  , who also arrested Michael H. Peterson, 24, of Downers Grove, and another individual, who was released without charges.

Police were called around 1:56 p.m. Friday to the 5500 block of Lyman Avenue, where two citizens reported multiple people attempting to gain entry to a residence. Police on patrol nearby quickly apprehended the individuals, according to Downers Grove Police Chief Robert A. Porter.

Sauer was charged with one count of felony residential burglary, Peterson was arrested on a no bond felony arrest warrant. Burczyc was only charged in Clarendon Hills, police said. Additional charges are pending, as the investigation is ongoing, Porter said.

The Downers Grove Police Department issued a community alert on Aug. 31, cautioning residents about a  across the village. Residents were urged to be aware of any person(s) that may appear at their door asking for someone that does not live there, asking for directions, or stating that they used to live at their residence. 

"The main thing we want is for people to call if they notice any suspicious activity," Downers Grove Police Sgt. Harry Andler said earlier this month. "We're stepping up patrols to increase police presence, but we need the community to be on the lookout as well."

According to Porter, Friday's attempted burglary was reported by two citizens who saw the community alert last month. He thanked the Downers Grove community for their assistance on the case.

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