Prosecutors last week charged a man with burglarizing a Wicker Park woman’s apartment in 2019 after laboratory tests allegedly found his DNA on an earring that the burglar left behind. Brian Chandler, 50, was on bond for another burglary in Logan Square at the time of the alleged break-in.
Police arrested Chandler on the evening of September 24, 2019, after a neighbor allegedly saw him snooping around an apartment building in the 2500 block of North Milwaukee. Cops said they found him in a nearby garage, placing a pressure washer, power converter, and power tools outside the door.
Prosecutors charged him with residential burglary and possessing burglary tools.
Then, on November 14, a 33-year-old woman left her home on the 1300 block of North Damen and headed to work around 7 a.m. She returned around midnight to find her front door kicked in. The house was ransacked.
About a purse, watches, and jewelry worth $20,000 was missing. But, prosecutors say, the burglar also left a piece of jewelry behind — an earring in the kitchen. Chicago police sent it to the Illinois State Police crime lab for analysis.
The results recently came back showing DNA on the earring matched Chandler, Assistant State’s Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis said.
Cops found Chandler, also known as David Lewis, in the Cook County jail, where he was being held for violating the terms of bond in the Logan Square burglary and for a new manufacture-delivery charge. Prosecutors charged him with another count of residential burglary based on the DNA results.
Kalliantasis said Chandler was previously convicted of burglary in 2014, 2007, and 000.
Assistant Public Defender Jeremy Lemmons called the prosecution’s case “tenuous at best.” He said Chandler has two children, ages 12 and 18.
Judge Barbara Dawkins ordered Chandler held without bail for violating the bond terms in the Logan Square burglary. She said he must pay a $1,000 deposit to get out of jail on electronic monitoring in the new case.