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Oak Lawn man charged with three burglaries

Kenneth N. Jackson

Kenneth N. Jackson

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Updated: February 19, 2013 2:03PM



An alleged cat burglar who dressed in camouflage and snuck into homes through unlocked rear doors in the early morning hours has been charged with three burglaries in Orland Park and Burr Ridge, police said.

Kenneth N. Jackson, 53, 9819 S. Keeler Ave., Oak Lawn, was being held on $100,000 bond for each of three burglaries between May and October, one in Orland Park and two in Burr Ridge, Orland Park police said.

One of the burglaries occurred Aug. 22 in the 14800 block of 108th Avenue. Police said they believe Jackson is responsible for two other Orland Park burglaries and numerous other attempted burglaries.

Jackson allegedly was caught on surveillance video, dressed in camouflage, as he gained entry to the 108th Avenue home at 3 a.m. through an unlocked rear patio door while homeowners were sleeping, and he took more than $30,000 in cash and jewelry, police said.

About an hour earlier, Orland Park police responded to a home burglary in the 10500 block of Timberline Court. Police said the homeowners heard a burglar who left without taking anything before police arrived.

Jackson also was allegedly seen on surveillance video trying to find open doors on other homes in the area.

On Sept. 1, a person dressed in camouflage clothing was seen in the 10900 block of Crystal Meadows Court and the 10900 block of Green Manor Court, but the subject eluded police after a foot chase, police said.

Orland Park police provided information to other departments and worked with Burr Ridge police after a similar style burglary was caught on video Oct. 2 in Burr Ridge, police said.

After setting up surveillance on Jackson, Burr Ridge police caught Jackson on Oct. 5 and allegedly found a wedding band, a Corum watch and four sets of silverware in his possession, police said.

When police executed a search warrant on his Oak Lawn residence, they reportedly recovered items taken in a previous Burr Ridge burglary, police said.

Police said they also were able to track where Jackson allegedly sold items taken in the two other burglaries.

Jackson is next due in court Feb. 11.



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