Ding Dong: Burglars busted after stealing neighbor’s camera-equipped doorbell, prosecutors say

Two Irving Park men burglarized their downstairs neighbor’s apartment and stole his camera-equipped doorbell, prosecutors say.

You’ve probably already figured out how they got caught.

The alleged victim came home Wednesday afternoon and realized items were missing from his apartment on the 3700 block of North Albany. So, he pulled up footage from his surveillance camera network.

Chad Palmer and a Ring doorbell | CPD; Pocket-Lint.com

Much to his surprise, the video showed his downstairs neighbors, Chad Palmer and Denue Kerr taking a laptop, iPads, and boxes of property from his residence, prosecutors say.

The system also allegedly recorded footage of Palmer literally stealing the victim’s Ring doorbell, which is equipped with a camera.

Police went to the upstairs apartment that Kerr and Palmer share. Their roommate let officers in. Prosecutors say the cops found the victim’s property inside the unit. Both men allegedly “made admissions” after police arrested them.

Judge Arthur Willis ordered Palmer held without bail for violating the terms of bail in a pending case and on an escape warrant. Willis said if Palmer becomes eligible for release, he’ll need to post a $5,000 deposit and go onto electronic monitoring.

Kerr, who has no adult background, was released on his own recognizance.

Editor’s note: No mug shot is available for Denue Kerr.

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