Ex-staffer charged in Monarch Landing burglary case

A man with theft and drunken-driving convictions on his record has been arrested and charged with committing one of 10 burglaries that occurred last year at an upscale retirement community on Naperville’s far northwest side.

Marvin Andujar was a member of the housekeeping staff at Monarch Landing, at 2255 N. Monarch Drive, northeast of Ferry Road and Route 59. The 28-year-old Andujar, who last lived on the 900 block of Edwards Street in Aurora, is being held in DuPage County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Naperville police Sgt. Bill Davis confirmed Andujar surrendered Jan. 20 on a warrant. He faces trial in DuPage County Circuit Court on a felony charge of residential burglary, according to court records.

Renee Garvin, Monarch Landing’s executive director, said in a statement Andujar worked in the center’s housekeeping department from Aug. 13, 2012 until Aug. 20 of last year.

Davis said Andujar, in his position, “had access to keys” to residents’ rooms. Davis declined to comment further on the case, saying it remains under investigation.

The Sun last month reported police had identified a suspect in 10 burglaries that occurred last spring and summer at the center. Police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said the burglar or burglars stole more than $23,000 worth of cash and jewelry from Monarch Landing’s residents, most of whom are elderly.

Written police reports showed the burglaries occurred between May 5 and Aug. 1 at various times of the day and night. Nine were to apartments on the 2000 block of Audubon Avenue, with the 10th on the 2000 block of Butterfly Lane.

Cash in amounts ranging from $80 to $250 was stolen in four of the burglaries, Cammiso said. The others involved thefts of jewelry, with values ranging from $1,000 to $5,500.

The total loss was estimated at $23,430, according to figures provided by Cammiso.

An examination of documents on file in Kane County Circuit Court indicated Andujar is well-known to police in Aurora. Over a 10-year period, he has been arrested there once on theft charges, twice for driving under the influence of alcohol and once for being a drunken pedestrian, among other infractions.

Andujar was placed on a year of court supervision after being found guilty of a September 2004 DUI charge, records showed. He was placed on 11 months of supervision after being convicted of a February 2006 misdemeanor count of theft of labor or services, according to records.

A judge ordered Andujar to perform 240 hours of community service work and spend 11 months on conditional discharge, after he was found guilty in a February 2009 case of drunken-driving, records indicated. He also paid a $75 fine to settle an August 2009 case of being a pedestrian under the influence, records showed.

Monarch Landing’s 80-acre campus offers independent and assisted living to its nearly 400 residents, and provides myriad features and services.

Garvin, in her statement, said Monarch Landing officials “are very pleased that the issue has been resolved.”

“Monarch Landing takes very seriously the responsibility of protecting the safety and well-being of its residents and staff,” Garvin said. “This case was solved by the combined efforts of Monarch Landing and the Naperville police, and we worked closely with them during the investigation.

Andujar is scheduled to return March 3 to court.