A homeowner held a burglary suspect at gunpoint after finding him inside their home next to their baby’s bedroom in Ingleside Thursday morning, police and prosecutors said.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 12:10 a.m. Thursday to the 25800 block of West Marquette Drive in Ingleside for a burglary in progress.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said responding sheriff’s deputies were informed the victim was holding the burglar at gunpoint.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found James J. Rizzo, 34, of the 100 block of Windward Road in Lakemoor, being detained by the victim.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Rizzo.
Covelli said further investigation revealed Rizzo burglarized the victim’s car, which was parked in the driveway.
Rizzo allegedly used the car’s garage door opener to open the garage and enter the home.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelse Banks said the victims were home in bed when one of them heard someone inside their house.
The victim’s observed Rizzo next to their baby’s bedroom, Banks said.
The victim held Rizzo at gunpoint until sheriff’s deputies arrived, Covelli said.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and approved a charge of residential burglary, a Class 1 felony.
Rizzo is on probation for a previous burglary case, Banks said.
Lake County Judge James Simonian ordered Rizzo held on a $100,000 bond.
He would need to post $10,000 cash in order to be released from the Lake County Jail.