A man who was released from prison just over a month ago and a fellow ex-convict remain in DuPage County Jail, after being implicated in a string of car burglaries earlier this week near Naperville’s east side.
Bail was set Friday at $40,000 for Thomas J. Gallagher, 20, and at $10,000 for Gino J.Alomri, 21. Gallagher faces trial on a felony charge of identity theft of more than $300 but less than $2,000, and Alomri on two misdemeanor counts of theft of property stolen not exceeding $500, according to jail records.
The men were arrested Thursday night by agents of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. They are suspects in six vehicular burglaries that occurred Sunday and Monday in the unincorporated Steeple Run area of the county near the Naperville-Lisle border.
Dawn Domrose, spokeswoman for Sheriff John E. Zaruba, said Friday in a release one of the alleged burglaries involved the theft and subsequent use of a credit card. That alleged crime “led sheriff’s detectives to the suspects,” she said.
Domrose did not reply Friday to an email sent to her office that sought such information as the addresses of Gallagher and Alomri, the addresses of the burglaries, and whether anything other than the credit card was taken during the break-ins.
Naperville police, meanwhile, were continuing their investigation into seven vehicular burglaries that occurred Tuesday and Wednesday in the Brookdale neighborhood on the city’s far northwest side.
Written police reports indicated those break-ins occurred on the 1000 and 1200 blocks ofBainbridge Drive; the 1500 block of London Court; and the 1200 block of Redfield Road. All seven occurred between 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, the reports stated.
Nothing appeared to have been stolen from four of the vehicles, according to the reports. It was not known what, if anything, was taken during the other three break-ins.
Police Sgt. Steve Schindlbeck said late Friday afternoon investigators have determined the Steeple Run burglaries “do not appear to have any relation” to those that occurred in the Brookdale area.
But Gallagher and Alomri could be facing further legal trouble regardless. Schindlbecksaid the sheriff’s detectives who investigated the Steeple Run crimes “recovered two GPSunits that had been stolen from vehicles in Naperville, whose owners were not even aware the items were taken.”
Schindlbeck added Gallagher and Alomri ”refused to cooperate with Napervilledetectives” following their arrests in the sheriff’s case, and instead demanded legal representation.
Records on file with the Illinois Department of Corrections in Springfield indicated Gallagher was released from prison on Feb. 28, after serving a four-year sentence for aggravated battery. That crime occurred in late October 2011 in Aurora, records showed.
Gallagher’s record also includes a six-month jail term for a June 2011 felony case of retail theft, brought by the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office; and a 50-day jail sentence in July 2012 for resisting Naperville police, in a case in which he and a friend made repeated, bogus 911 telephone calls.
Alomri was released from prison on Aug. 6, according to records. A judge on July 12, 2012 imposed a four-year term, after finding him guilty of a November 2010 home burglary in an unincorporated area of DuPage County, records indicated.