A Roscoe Village burglar might have gotten away with the crime if he hadn’t stopped to enjoy two bottles of the victim’s booze.
A 47-year-old woman called cops to her home in the 2100 block of West Cornelia after she discovered that a stranger was inside her house with the doors locked around 8:45 a.m. on April 16.
With the woman’s permission, police forced their way into the apartment. There, they discovered 50-year-old Leonard White hiding in the bathroom, according to court records. Nearby, cops found an empty 750-milliliter bottle of Jack Daniels and an empty 750-millimeter bottle of Jim Beam that White had allegedly enjoyed.
Officers say they also found the victim’s credit card and some of her clothing in White’s backpack.
Prosecutors charged White with felony burglary. Judge Stephanie Miller ordered him held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Court records show White is a registered sex offender who was sentenced to seven-years plus a four-year consecutive term for criminal sexual assault in 2005. Police records show the attack took place in the 3400 block of North Western Avenue in June 2014.
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Two repeat burglars have been sentenced for their latest break-ins:
• Nathan Wettig of North Center has pleaded guilty to burglarizing a garage in the 2400 block of West Addison last December. Judge Catherine Haberkorn sentenced him to two years of “second chance probation.”
Technically, it seems that this is Wettig’s third chance, though.
He received probation last June after he admitted to stealing a MacBook from a home in North Center. In November, a detective recognized Wettig on surveillance video of the Addison break-in, leading to the latest charges.
• James Walker was on parole for burglarizing a Lincoln Park home when he was arrested for breaking into a home in Uptown last August. He has now pleaded guilty to the latest case and received a four-year prison sentence from Judge Timothy Chambers.
Walker was paroled last April. In August, two Uptown men saw him force open a window to gain access to an apartment in the 5000 block of North Glenwood, police said. Cops arrived on-scene just as Walker was leaving.
He was arrested after a short foot chase and police said they found two MacBooks in his backpack—including one that was allegedly taken from the apartment on Glenwood.
Cops say Walker excused the burglary by stating, “How else would I eat?”
In April 2016, Walker was charged with burglarizing a home in the 2600 block of North Wayne. When he was arrested in that case, Walker was carrying a Dell laptop, a Samsung phone, Oontz wireless speakers, an iPod, and credit cards that bore another man’s, cops say. Walker pleaded guilty to a downgraded charge of theft and served a fraction of a two-year sentence before being released.
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