|Patrick Newton | CPD|
Charges have been filed against a man who police say may be responsible for breaking out the windows of nearly twenty vehicles on the Far North Side. Investigators briefly considered the possibility that the crimes were anti-Semitic because many of the damaged cars were located near Jewish establishments. Police now believe the locations to be coincidental.
Patrick Newton, 29, was taken into custody around 5:30 a.m. on May 22nd after a caller reported seeing someone breaking the windows of a Toyota SUV in the 6700 block of North Greenview.
Cops monitoring surveillance cameras in the 24th (Rogers Park) District spotted Newton as he walked in the 2300 block of West Howard and led patrol units to his location.
Investigators determined that Newton matches the description of the offender who was being sought in a series of criminal damage cases that was the subject of a community alert that cops released to the public on May 19th.
Newton is charged with six counts of criminal damage to property for breaking out the rear windows of cars in the 2900 block of West Birchwood and the 2800 block of West Touhy on May 18th and in the 6700 block of North Greenview on May 22nd.
Judge John Lyke released him on a recognizance bond.