Authorities say police officers on Tuesday tracked down and arrested a Chicago man who allegedly burglarized multiple homes and a garage in Highland Park.
The Highland Park Police Department responded around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday to the 1200 block of McDaniels Avenue for a report of a suspicious person who entered someone’s home.
City of Highland Park Communications Manager Amanda Civitello said a resident was outside in their backyard when they heard someone inside their home.
The resident went inside to question the person, who said that he wanted to let the resident know their garage door was open. The person then fled on a bicycle.
While officers continued to investigate and search the immediate area, dispatchers received a 911 call of another potential burglary in the 1100 block of Thorn Tree Lane.
Officers observed a person matching the description from the initial McDaniels Avenue report around 7:03 p.m.
Officers spoke with the individual and learned that the person, later identified as Charles M. Lawson, 25, of Chicago, was involved in these incidents, Civitello said.
Police subsequently responded to two additional incidents in the area where callers reported activity, including forced entry into a garage, stolen packages from the front porch, and indications of an earlier home invasion.
Lawson was arrested and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office charged the man with two counts of residential burglary, a Class 4 felony, and one count of theft.
Lawson was transported to a bond hearing where the judge issued a $75,000 bond and a court date of August 10.
“Quick reporting by affected residents allowed police officers to investigate and to quickly apprehend the alleged offender,” Civitello said.
She said that similar instances, including vehicle and home burglaries or vehicle thefts, have been reported in communities throughout the North Shore.
The Highland Park Police Department urges residents to quickly report any suspicious activity and evidence of break-ins.
“Suspicious behaviors include vehicles driving slowly and aimlessly, especially at night with lights off, and individuals loitering around parked cars and peering into windows,” Civitello said.