Ex-con charged in Naperville home burglary

A 23-year-old convicted robber is free on bond and awaiting trial in the alleged burglary last spring of an acquaintance’s home in Naperville.

Gregory G. Spencer formerly lived on Naperville’s far southwest side, and currently resides in Canton, Ga. He is scheduled to appear April 23 in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet, to answer a felony charge of residential burglary, according to court records.

Spencer and a friend, Charles T. Johnson, were arrested about 6:59 p.m. March 29, after Naperville police made a routine traffic stop near 75th Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road, in the central part of the city.

Written police reports indicated Spencer was taken into custody on an arrest warrant issued following the alleged burglary. Johnson, 21, of the 2900 block of Rutland Circle, in the Windridge area of Naperville, was charged with driving without a license, possession of marijuana and driving without insurance, police reports showed.

Police Sgt. Steve Schindlbeck said Spencer is charged in the May 18 burglary of a home on the 3100 block of Aviara Court, in the White Eagle Club neighborhood.

Spencer “was the friend of a friend of the (homeowner’s) son, and knew the family was gone” at the time of the alleged break-in, Schindlbeck wrote in an email.

Schindlbeck said Spencer and an unidentified friend “found an unlocked door, removed $5,800 worth of iPads and laptops, and later pawned the items. When confronted, Spencer was cooperative and admitted his role” in the burglary to police, Schindlbeck said.

Spencer is not a suspect in last summer’s spree of 29 home burglaries on Naperville’s far south and southwest sides.

Schindlbeck’s email did not indicate the age or gender of Spencer’s alleged accomplice, or whether he or she was arrested and charged in the case. Schindlbeck also did not say where the allegedly stolen goods were pawned.

Will County court records showed Spencer was arrested in April 2008 by sheriff’s police investigators and charged with a felony count of robbery. He pleaded guilty to that charge on Feb. 22, 2010, with a judge that day sentencing him to 172 days in jail and placing him on 2 1/2 years of probation, according to records.

Records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton indicated Spencer also was convicted of a September 2010 charge of attempted obstruction of justice in Naperville; a count of criminal damage to property that same month in Lisle; and February 2012 charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with police in Naperville. He was placed on court supervision or fined in each case, records showed.

Spencer is free on $4,000 bond in connection with the burglary.