BEVERLY — A "career criminal" targeting businesses in Beverly was arrested this weekend, according to Ald. Matthew O'Shea (19th).
Alden Jackson, 52, appeared in bond court Tuesday on charges of burglary and attempted burglary. Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. set bail at $75,000.
According to an arrest report, Jackson was arrested about 11:50 p.m. Sunday in the 9500 block of South Hamilton Avenue in Beverly.
He had been identified as the burglar who dislodged a glass door panel while trying to break into the new Barraco's Pizza site at 2105 W. 95th St. on Sunday, police said. According to prosecutors, the restaurant was still under construction.
Jackson is also accused of trying to burglarize Generation Nails at 9615 S. Western Ave. on Nov. 26 and successfully burglarizing Chuck's Pizza at 10123 S. Western Ave. on Dec. 30, according to court records.
Police said Jackson was carrying a small metal crowbar at the time of his arrest.
O'Shea sent an email to constituents Tuesday morning, saying Jackson was tied to several "local commercial burglaries" occurring in the 95th Street and Western Avenue business corridors.
"Mr. Jackson was out on parole and has been convicted of 12 previous crimes, including nine burglary convictions and two convictions for unlawful possession of a firearm. This incident is yet another example of the need for stronger sentencing guidelines for career criminals," O'Shea said in the email.
O'Shea thanked police in the Morgan Park District for their work on the case as well as area business owners who provided security camera footage.
He promised to keep area residents updated on the progress of the case, saying he had contacted the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and urged an "aggressive prosecution of these crimes."
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