Police say they have identified and charged a suspect who tried entering homes in Lake in the Hills late last month but fled after being confronted by a homeowner.
Justin J. Schneck, 30, a transient, was charged with two counts of attempted criminal trespass to residence and cited for trespassing.
The Lake in the Hills Police Department said that a subject attempted to enter homes on Wright Drive in Lake in the Hills around 3:50 a.m. on May 28.
A homeowner confronted the man in their garage and he fled the scene.
The police department said that the subject’s motives were unclear but officers were investigating to “ensure the safety of our community.”
A video posted by a resident on the Ring app showed the man walking up to the front porch of a residence and attempting to open the home’s front door.
Officers conducted increased patrols in the area following the incident.
It is unknown how many residences the suspect attempted to enter. In one instance, he did enter a garage.
Police issued a public statement following the incident seeking information from residents.
After investigating numerous tips from the public and through the work of officers, Schneck was identified, the police department said Tuesday.
Schneck is currently in the custody of Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office for an unrelated incident.
“The Lake in the Hills Police Department would like to thank everyone who submitted a tip pertaining to this case and the community members who shared our statement to help bring awareness to this case,” the department said.