Naperville police are investigating a man and two juveniles in connection with an undisclosed number of vehicular burglaries on or near the campus of North Central College.
Police Sgt. Bill Davis confirmed Apriyani Lord-Jackson, 20, and two 17-year-old boys from Naperville have been charged in a May 7 car break-in near Prairie Avenue and Loomis Street.
Davis said the three “are being investigated for other burglaries in the area,” although he did not elaborate.
Police at 1:39 a.m. that day initially went to the intersection of Highland Avenue and Brainard Street, to investigate a report of “three subjects walking around trying car door handles,” Davis wrote in an email. “They were observed and being followed by North Central College campus safety officers, Davis said.
Lord-Jackson and the youths were stopped by police near Prairie Avenue and Loomis Street, Davis said. “One of the juveniles was found to be in possession of stolen property from vehicles in that area,” specifically, a pair of pants and a cell phone charger cord, he said.
All three were taken to the police station, where Lord-Jackson was charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful tampering with a motor vehicle before being released on bond, Davis said. The teens were charged as juveniles with two counts of burglary and then transferred to the youth home, he said.
Jared T. Bogan, the college’s director of campus safety, issued a bulletin last week to students, faculty and staff members concerning the burglary.
Bogan said subsequent investigation indicated the accused burglars “may have entered numerous vehicles” parked on both levels of the school’s Highland Lot, in the Porter Avenue Lot, outside Merner Fieldhouse “and throughout the neighborhood.”
Lord-Jackson listed addresses in Chicago and on the 1500 block of West Jefferson Avenue on Naperville’s west side. He is well-known to Naperville police, having been arrested or ticketed at least five other times over the past two years.
Police on May 2, 2012 charged Lord-Jackson with retail theft and obstructing identification, after he was caught shoplifting from a store on the 700 block of Fort Hill Drive. A judge that June fined him and placed him on a year of supervision, according to DuPage County Circuit Court records.
He was arrested again last October, on a charge of misdemeanor theft. Court records showed he was sentenced April 8 to eight days in DuPage County Jail in that matter.
Records indicated Lord-Jackson was charged in January with retail theft; in February with driving with a revoked license; and in April with unlawful use of a weapon at the municipal parking deck near Van Buren Avenue and Main Street. His convictions in the retail theft and weapons cases earned him jail sentences of 34 days and 26 days, respectively, according to records.