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Man guilty of entering open, occupied home

A 20-year-old man has been placed on a form of probation, for entering an unlocked, occupied house on Naperville’s far southwest side late last spring while allegedly drunk and then trying to hide from police in bushes outside the home.

Andrew C. Zielke lives on the 28W500 block of Gordon Court, in an unincorporated area of Will County southeast of 87th Street and Book Road near Naperville. He pleaded guilty in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet to a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass to land, and on Oct. 3 was placed on a year of conditional discharge, a type of probation, according to court records.

Naperville police arrested Zielke about 12:10 a.m. June 6, shortly after he got inside an unlocked house on the 2700 block of Wait Road, in the Harmony Grove neighborhood northeast of 111th Street and Route 59.

A written police narrative stated Zielke had been confronted about 15 minutes earlier by the 48-year-old man who lives in the home with his wife and teenage daughter. The man told police he was watching television in his living room while his wife worked on a computer in the adjoining kitchen.

The back door of the house is near the kitchen, and had its screen door closed but not locked, the narrative read in part. The man said he heard the door open and looked over to see a bearded, heavy-set man wearing a red checkered shirt had entered the kitchen.

Police reports indicated the homeowner “got off the couch and told the suspect to get out.” The man, later identified as Zielke, “did not respond to him and just stood in the kitchen,” according to the narrative.

The homeowner then “grabbed a wooden kitchen chair (and) raised it up, telling the suspect to get out of the house. After yelling at him and threatening him with the chair, the suspect backed out of the house and walked around toward the front.”

Two police officers who were sent to the area found Zielke “crouched down, hiding behind some bushes near the southeast corner of the front of the house,” the reports stated. “Verbal commands were given, and (Zielke) came out and laid down on the lawn.”

Zielke, when asked what he was doing at the home, replied “he was resting in the bushes because he was tired,” the narrative continued. Zielke “denied ever being inside of the house.”

Police said they believed Ziekle was drunk. He and the homeowners do not know one another.

An examination of court documents revealed Zielke had no prior criminal record in Will, DuPage and Kane counties.

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