MORGAN PARK — A serial burglar was arrested early Saturday morning after a break-in at a dry cleaners in the 11000 block of South Western Avenue in Morgan Park, Chicago Police said.
Vance Patton, 50, was arrested at 1:11 a.m. just two blocks north of Mr. Swifty, which had been burglarized at 12:50 a.m., according to police.
Patton appeared in bond court Sunday and was charged with five counts of burglary as well as having burglary tools and drug paraphernalia, police said.
Police said he was also charged with burglaries at:
• 12:28 a.m. Oct. 23 at Pop's Italian Beef at 10337 S. Kedzie Ave. in Mount Greenwood
• 2 a.m. Oct. 25 at Subway at 9558 S. Halsted St. in Washington Heights
• 1:47 a.m. Nov. 2 at Janson's Drive-In at 9900 S. Western Ave. in Beverly
• 1:54 a.m. Nov. 2 at Fontano's Subs at 2151 W. 95th St. in Beverly
The Chicago Police Department issued these photos Nov. 2 of a man they said burglarized restaurants in Beverly, Mount Greenwood and Washington Heights. [Chicago Police Department]
Most recently, he was sentenced Aug. 3, 2011, to 10 years in prison for burglary in Cook County. He was released on parole exactly five years later, his records show.
Police issued a community alert asking area residents to be on alert Nov. 3 and Oct. 13 after several break-ins in which Patton is believed to be involved.
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