Ex-con returning to prison for Naperville car burglaries
BY BILL BIRD email@example.com September 14, 2012 9:08PM
Michael J. Jarmulak, 31, whose criminal record dates back to his teens, has been sentenced to seven years in prison, following a string of vehicle burglaries last spring in Naperville. | Courtesy of the DuPage County Sheriff's Office
Updated: October 20, 2012 6:06AM
An ex-convict who was arrested and charged with breaking into vehicles in Naperville just five weeks after being paroled has been ordered back to prison, this time for seven years.
Michael J. Jarmulak was originally charged with three Class 2 felony counts of burglary in connection with the Memorial Day weekend break-ins on Naperville’s near north side.
But Jarmulak was found eligible for Class X felony sentencing “because he had two prior Class 2 or greater felonies in his history,” said Paul Darrah, spokesman for DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin. A Class X felony carries a mandatory sentence of six to 30 years in prison upon conviction.
DuPage County Circuit Court Judge John J. Kinsella on found Jarmulak guilty of one count of burglary.
Kinsella gave Jarmulak 109 days of credit toward his prison sentence for time he has spent in jail since being arrested. The judge also placed him on three years of mandatory supervised release following completion of the prison term and assessed fines and legal costs totaling $310, according to court records.
Jarmulak, 31, of Chicago, was paroled on April 23, only five weeks before committing the burglaries. He has had at least 18 run-ins with authorities in DuPage County since he was a teenager.
Naperville police were called about 4:57 a.m. May 27 to the 600 block of North Main Street, following a report of a suspicious person in the area. They encountered a man wearing an orange T-shirt who was standing near a backpack and a bicycle that lay on the ground, Naperville police Sgt. Gregg Bell said in May.
The man, later identified as Jarmulak, fled on foot. Police chased and captured him on the 800 block of North Main Street.
Records showed police over a 21-minute period that morning received reports of vehicles having been broken into on the 600 and 800 blocks of North Main Street and the 600 block of North Webster Street. Bell said police eventually found a total of seven burglarized vehicles in the neighborhood. Jarmulak was charged in three of those crimes.
Records on file with the Illinois Department of Corrections in Springfield indicated Jarmulak was on parole until April 2014. He had been sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of a September 2009 burglary in Elmhurst and three years in prison for a September 2005 burglary in Downers Grove.
Jarmulak’s record dates back to at least 1997, when he was 16. He paid fines or was placed on supervision 10 times between 1997 and 1999, after being found guilty of curfew violations, underage possession of tobacco, marijuana possession and theft in Downers Grove and Westmont.
He also served jail sentences after being convicted of a February 1998 battery in Downers Grove, for trespassing in June 2001 in that village and for possession of drug paraphernalia in October 2001 in Westmont, according to court documents.