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Arrest pending in retirement community burglary spree

Naperville police on Friday said they have identified a suspect in 10 burglaries committed last spring and summer at an upscale retirement community on the city’s far northwest side, crimes that netted the burglar more than $23,000 in cash and jewelry from the center’s elderly residents.

Police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso confirmed a detective “has a suspect and will be getting an arrest warrant soon” in connection with the break-ins at the Monarch Landing retirement community at 2255 N. Monarch Drive, northeast of Ferry Road and Route 59.

Cammiso would not discuss details of the case, saying only “the suspect is a former employee” of the center.

Monarch Landing occupies an 80-acre campus and offers independent and assisted living to its nearly 400 residents, according to the center’s website.

Written police reports indicated the burglaries occurred between May 5 and Aug. 1 at various times of the day and evening.

Nine of the break-ins were to apartments on the 2000 block of Audubon Avenue, with the 10th on the 2000 block of Butterfly Lane, reports showed.

Cash in amounts that ranged from $80 to $250 was stolen in four of the burglaries, Cammiso said. The other six involved thefts of jewelry, with values ranging from $1,000 to $5,500, he said.

The combined loss is estimated at $23,430, according to figures provided by Cammiso.

Monarch Landing officials said they contacted Naperville police immediately when the thefts were discovered, and worked with them closely during the investigation.

“We were shocked and saddened to learn that, despite stringent background checks and screening processes, one of our employees could be responsible for the thefts,” Monarch Landing Executive Director Renee Garvin said Monday in a written statement.

“Resident safety is always our most important priority, so our safeguards allowed us to help identify who had access to the residents’ apartments at the time of the thefts and quickly identify the suspect,” Garvin said.

“We will continue to work closely with the police and do everything possible to assure the well being of our residents,” Garvin said.

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