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Crime & Courts

Downers Grove man charged with burglarizing home of alleged murder-suicide victims

DOWNERS GROVE – A Downers Grove man has been charged with residential burglary and theft for allegedly stealing several items from his neighbor's home several weeks after its occupants were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

The DuPage County States Attorney announced Friday that Kenneth Harry, 43, of 6231 Park Ave., allegedly entered the former home of Thomas and Jennifer Smith without permission and stole several items from the home.

Harry appeared in bond court Friday morning where Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bond at $250,000 with 10 percent to apply.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 21.

Prosecutors allege that on several occasions between Aug. 28 and Sept. 17, Harry entered the former Smith home at 6211 Park Ave. and stole a snowblower, an amplifier and six Coach purses, in addition to other items.

He then allegedly pawned the items and kept the proceeds. Downers Grove Police uncovered the alleged thefts when the executor of the Smith’s estate noticed some items missing from the home and contacted the police. Harry was taken into custody Thursday morning without incident, according to the state's attorney's office.

In all, Harry is charged with three counts of residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, and two counts of theft, a Class 3 felony.

He faces a possible sentence of up to six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections if convicted.

The theft and burglary occurred several weeks after police believe Thomas F. Smith, 41, killed his wife, Jennifer M. Smith, 39, and then himself on July 19.

Both husband and wife died of multiple stab wounds, the DuPage County Coroner's Office said.

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