A man from Aurora who was released from prison four months ago is in trouble again, after being accused of stealing stereo equipment from a Naperville car dealership.
Michael L. Conrad, at age 28, has already served three stints in prison for residential burglary and forgery. He remained Wednesday night in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton on $100,000 bail, and is awaiting trial on a felony charge of burglary.
Conrad, of the 100 block of North Gregory Street in Aurora, was arrested in the early-morning hours of Aug. 9 in a commercial-industrial area of Naperville’s far west side.
Sgt. Lou Cammiso said a police officer about 12:20 a.m. investigated a report of a burglary to a car at Continental Acura of Naperville, at 2275 Aurora Ave. and a few blocks from where Conrad would be taken into custody. An assortment of stereo equipment and a bank debit card were stolen from the vehicle, Cammiso wrote in an e-mail.
“At approximately 2 a.m., officers were called back to the same lot,” following a report of “a suspicious subject dressed in black walking around” in the area, Cammiso said. Police shortly thereafter began following a Chevrolet Cobalt they first saw near the intersection of Quincy and Ogden avenues, he said.
Cammiso said Conrad was in the vehicle at the time. Police, after stopping it, “noted stereo equipment in the car” that had allegedly been taken in the burglary, and placed Conrad under arrest, he said.
Records on file with the Illinois Department of Corrections in Springfield indicated Conrad was released April 11 from prison on parole. He had been sentenced to four years in prison for a 2011 forgery in DuPage County.
Conrad and two Naperville-area men were arrested in December 2008 and charged with burglarizing a home on the 5500 block of East Lake Drive, in an unincorporated area of DuPage County near Lisle. Sheriff’s deputies captured them shortly after they fled out of the rear door with an assortment of electronic equipment.
IDOC records indicated Conrad either served a seven-year prison term in that case or completed a boot camp-style program for nonviolent offenders.
Conrad also was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for a September 2003 home burglary in DuPage County.
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He is scheduled to return Monday to DuPage County Circuit Court in the Naperville case.