Oak Park police catch burglary suspect in the act
Updated: February 11, 2013 7:07PM
OAK PARK — A convicted burglar was in custody Friday after a homeowner alerted police to a burglary in progress in his two-story garage on the 1100 block of South Clinton Avenue about 2 a.m. Feb. 8.
Quintrell Turner, 34, of the 5500 block of West Cortez, Chicago, is charged with burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Turner, who was paroled from prison on Oct. 16, has an extensive criminal history including residential burglary, theft and drug possession. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
In July, 2009, Oak Park police arrested Turner and a woman after the car they were in was reported stolen. When stolen items were found in the car, Turner was charged with vehicle burglary in addition to possession of a stolen motor vehicle and criminal trespass to vehicle.
Officer found tool bags and tools lined up by the open overhead door.
The home’s owner said he and his wife were awakened by the ADT alarm around 1:50 a.m. They went to their kitchen, where they saw two silhouettes on the blinds of the lighted garage’s second floor windows, as well flashlight beams on the dark first-floor parking area.
Arriving police blocked the north and south ends of the alley, and spotted a man walking north in the alley. He then went back into the garage and tried to escape.
Police searched for Turner’s accomplice, but could not find him. Tracks in the snow proved to belong to Turner.
Turner was found in possession of a key for a new Volvo. That car was located on the 1100 block of South Home Avenue.
Besides his tools, the homeowner said his car was also ransacked.
Oak Park police are investigating to determine whether Turner is involved in another garage burglary on the 1100 block of South Humphrey Avenue during the same overnight period. In that incident $2,000 tools were stolen.