Suspect charged in home invasion, theft

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – A 34-year-old Lincoln Park man was charged with home invasion after police found him with shoes that matched prints near a reported burglary and injuries consisted with a broken window at the targeted house.

Benjamin Paul Chambers was charged Monday in 25th District Court with second degree home invasion after police said he’d broken into a house Sunday in the 1800 block of Arlington Avenue.

According to police reports, the homeowner called 911 about 2 p.m. March 29, after noticing a TV and DVD player missing from the living room. Responding officers noted a bedroom window that had been shattered with a flower pot that had been in the back yard.

A neighbor told police that an older model, grey Ford Taurus had been seen backed into the driveway, and that a white man had been seen driving it.

Police were advised that Chambers – a relative of the homeowner – had been known to drive a Taurus, was aware of the woman’s schedule and “has a drug addiction,” according to police reports.

A check with the Law Enforcement Information Network revealed a warrant for Chambers’ arrest out of Lincoln Park. Chambers was soon located, taken into custody and held on the warrant and pending charges.

Chambers was held on 10 percent of $50,000 cash bond, and scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday, April 21.

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