Profession burglar busted by Lakeview neighborhood watch group

Miguel Sanchez (left) and among the surveillance photographs that led to his newest arrest. | CPD; BARR Neighbors Affiliation

A profession burglar met his match this week when a Lakeview neighborhood watch group helped police monitor him down, based on prosecutors.

It began on August 27 when a house owner found that somebody stole bikes and alcohol from their storage on the 1400 block of West Melrose. 

The sufferer shared surveillance photographs of the intruder on a Slack channel that’s maintained by BARR Neighbors Affiliation, a gaggle of neighbors who fund personal safety patrols within the space between Barry, Ashland, Roscoe, and Racine streets.

One other member of the group acknowledged the person as Miguel Sanchez from different burglaries within the space, prosecutors stated Friday. The house owner filed a police report and shared Sanchez’s identify with an area beat officer who handed the knowledge alongside to a housebreaking detective who dealt with earlier instances involving Sanchez, based on the state’s allegations.

Police arrested Sanchez, age 49, this week. Prosecutors charged him with felony housebreaking. Sanchez allegedly recognized himself within the surveillance photographs that the house owner shared.

Decide Charles Seashore set bail for Sanchez at $10,000 and ordered him to go onto digital monitoring if he can put up a $1,000 deposit bond. Earlier than he can do this, although, Sanchez might want to clear up a possible parole violation with the Illinois Division of Corrections.

Prosecutors stated Sanchez is on parole for theft. He beforehand served 30 months for 2 thefts in 2018. In 2009, he obtained concurrent 14-year and 10-year sentences for a pair of residential burglaries.

Since 2017, members of BARR Neighbors have pooled cash to finance nightly safety patrols by off-duty cops “to function eyes and ears” for residents, based on a spokesperson. The officers don’t go away their patrol automobile, however they’ll reply to crimes and supply info to on-duty officers, the consultant stated.

Residents and companies inside the Barry, Ashland, Roscoe, and Racine boundaries can email BARR Neighbors for details about changing into a supporter.

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