A 23-year-old man remains in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton on $100,000 bail, accused of stealing jewelry and coins from an acquaintance’s apartment and using bleach to vandalize several of its rooms.
David L. Punda lives in Polo, in far western Illinois. He is scheduled to appear Tuesdayin DuPage County Circuit Court to answer felony charges of burglary and criminal damage to property exceeding $300 but not $10,000, according to court records.
Naperville police took Punda into custody about 6:37 a.m. May 24, after traveling to the Whiteside County Jail in Morrison. Members of the Whiteside County sheriff’s office had arrested Punda on a warrant that was issued in the alleged Naperville crimes.
Punda is charged with the Oct. 13 burglary of an apartment on the 2100 block of Allegre Circle, in the Bristol Station apartment complex on Naperville’s far northwest side. Sgt. Bill Davis said police were called there just after 8 p.m. that day.
The residents told police an intruder entered the apartment through an unlocked window, and then made off with an assortment of jewelry and old coins having a total estimated value of more than $1,500, Davis wrote in an email.
Davis said the apartment was also found damaged “by someone pouring bleach on carpeting, walls (and) clothes, and cutting cords to computer equipment.” The vandalism totaled more than $300, he said.
“Further investigation revealed that an acquaintance of the victim … was responsible for the damage,” Davis said. Punda was named as that acquaintance, he said.
A warrant for Punda’s arrest in connection with the crimes was issued April 29, Davis said. Authorities in Whiteside County took him into custody last weekend, he said.
An examination of DuPage County court records showed Aurora police arrested Punda in late August 2009 on a misdemeanor charge of retail theft. He was subsequently convicted of that crime and sentenced in April 2010 to 338 days in jail, records indicated.
Punda has no criminal record in Will and Kane counties.Tags: Police Blotter