Man who burglarized Naperville home as owners slept sentenced to prison

<p>David Teafoe / Photo from Naperville police</p>

David Teafoe / Photo from Naperville police

A man who broke into a house in Naperville last summer and made off with jewelry, cash and a $25,000 sedan while the homeowners were sleeping has been sentenced to seven years in prison in that crime.

The arrest of St. Charles resident David J. Teafoe followed a weeks-long rash of burglaries in Naperville. An estimated 30 homes — occupied and unoccupied, locked and unlocked — were broken into between early August and September.

Teafoe, 21, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of residential burglary in one of those cases. A companion charge of receiving, possessing or selling a stolen motor vehicle was dismissed in exchange for his plea, said Paul Darrah, spokesman for DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin.

DuPage County Circuit Court Judge John J. Kinsella on Wednesday convicted Teafoe and imposed the prison sentence. Darrah said Kinsella also placed Teafoe on two years of mandatory supervised release and ordered him to pay a total of $582 in fines and court costs.

Naperville police arrested Teafoe on Oct. 9 in his apartment on the 100 block of North 15th Street in St. Charles. He was charged with a burglary police said occurred between 10:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and 6:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at a house on the 2000 block of Cobblebrook Lane, in the Cinnamon Creek neighborhood on Naperville’s southeast side.

A copy of a police report obtained by The Sun stated a married couple live in that house. The husband told police before he and his wife retired for the night, “all windows and doors, including the overhead garage door, were all closed and secured,” the report read.

The husband said he awoke the next morning, went downstairs and found a large, flat-screen television set and a laptop computer missing from the family room. He said he ran back upstairs and locked himself, his wife and their dog in a bedroom before calling 911.

Police found the overhead garage door open and the interior garage light on when they arrived at the scene, according to the report. Police theorized the burglar, later identified as Teafoe, got into the house using an electronic garage door opener left inside an unlocked vehicle parked outside of the home.

The police report indicated Teafoe apparently opened the overhead door, entered a garage access door, walked down the hallway of the laundry room and entered the family room, scooping up the television set and computer.

He also took a silver men’s wristwatch valued at $3,000 and $9 from the husband’s wallet. Police said he also picked up a glass vase or jar containing coins and gift cards.

The handle of the container broke inside the garage, which apparently spooked Teafoe and caused him to abandon the TV and computer there, police said. He then fled with the watch and money and a black and tan, 2013 Volkswagen Passat valued at $25,000, which the couple had been leasing from a Naperville dealership.

A crime scene technician later “discovered numerous, latent fingerprints on the television, and found some blood on what appeared to be the bottom piece of the broken glass container,” which police recovered from the front lawn, the report stated.

The undamaged Passat was found in mid-September by St. Charles police. A reddish-brown stain that appeared to be dried blood was discovered on the driver’s seat, the report stated.

Naperville police Sgt. Bill Davis on Thursday would say only that Teafoe became the prime suspect in the burglary based on “physical evidence recovered from the scene and intelligence obtained from various police sources. Further investigation later resulted in his arrest at his residence in St. Charles.”

“I have no further information to release on other burglaries from last year,” Davis said via email.

“At this time, (Teafoe) has not been charged with any other burglaries in Naperville. The other burglaries from last year are still under investigation, and his (possible) involvement in those cases is being looked into.”

Police noted a significant increase in residents reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods following the burglary spree. A spokesman last year asked that residents “be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, (as) this information has been critical to our ongoing investigation.”

Teafoe remains in DuPage County Jail, and is awaiting transfer into the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.