Car thief caught by Naperville cops back in prison

A 22-year-old man who has already served time on robbery and carjacking charges has been returned to prison, after being caught last year driving a stolen vehicle near the Naperville-Aurora border.

Chicago resident Steven J. Burns was sentenced to six years in prison on a felony charge of receiving, possessing or selling a stolen motor vehicle in connection with the April 2013 crime, according to DuPage County Circuit Court records.

Burns was to have been sentenced Friday in the case, but the matter was advanced to April 17 during the interim, court records showed. He was transferred April 25 from DuPage County Jail in Wheaton to the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, records indicated.

Judge Blanche Hill Fawell accepted Burns’ guilty plea and sentenced him to prison, according to records. Companion charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer in a motor vehicle and driving without a valid license or permit were dismissed in exchange for that plea.

Naperville police were called about 6:48 a.m. on April 13, 2013 to the area of Liberty and Enterprise streets in Aurora, just west of Route 59.

Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said an officer on routine patrol had run the license plate number of the vehicle Burns was driving, and learned it had been stolen in Valparaiso, Ind.

“The vehicle fled from police for a brief pursuit, (and) then the driver bailed out and ran on foot,” Cammiso said last year. Burns “was apprehended hours later in the same area,” he said.

Cammiso added police had the vehicle towed from the scene and processed for evidence that would have been used in Burns’ trial.

Records on file with the Illinois Department of Corrections in Springfield showed Burns was sentenced to four years in prison following his convictions in a 2008 aggravated robbery, a 2008 robbery and a 2009 vehicular invasion. All three of those crimes occurred in Cook County.

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