Teen gets jail, probation for home burglaries
BY BILL BIRD firstname.lastname@example.org December 27, 2012 11:20PM
Luis J. Espinosa, 17, of Aurora, has been sentenced to time served in Will County Jail and placed on four years of felony probation for burglarizing a home last summer in the White Eagle Club area of Naperville. | Courtesy of Will County Sheriff's Office
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:38AM
A young man from Aurora has been sentenced to 63 days in Will County Jail for burglarizing two houses last summer on Naperville’s southwest side.
Luis J. Espinosa, 17, had been in the jail since Aug. 14, after being arrested and charged in the crimes. He has thus completed his sentence and has been released, according to records on file in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet.
Espinosa last lived on the 3000 block of Bar Harbour Road in Aurora. Court records indicated he pleaded guilty Oct. 17 to two felony charges of residential burglary.
Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt on Dec. 19 sentenced Espinosa on each charge to time served in the jail. Records showed Schoenstedt also placed Espinosa on four years of probation.
Naperville police charged Espinosa and a 16-year-old boy in the Aug. 10 burglaries of houses on the 3500 block of Scottsdale Circle and the 3400 block of White Eagle Drive. Both are in the city’s White Eagle Club area.
A police spokesman in August said the 65-year-old owner of the Scottsdale Circle home called 911 to report a burglary in progress, after one of his rear windows was broken.
Espinosa and the youth fled from the house empty-handed. The man told police he chased the pair and briefly detained them before they escaped.
Police contacted their counterparts in Aurora and the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, seeking assistance from a K-9 tracking unit.
Aurora police about a half-hour later captured one of the teens on Schoger Road. They found the other about 1:50 p.m. in the vicinity of Bar Harbour Road, where Espinosa lived.
Naperville police reports showed officers were called about 4:34 p.m. Aug. 10 by a 39-year-old man reporting the burglary to the house on White Eagle Drive. The police spokesman confirmed Espinosa and the boy broke into that home and took an assortment of unspecified, “small electronics” before fleeing.
Espinosa’s friend was arrested and charged as a juvenile with burglary. The status of his criminal case was not known.