WESTMONT – Two men were arrested Feb. 20 in Westmont and charged with a string of eight burglaries over a 13-day period, according to the Westmont Police Department.
James Dalu, 25, and Nicholas Dunkelberger, 26, both of 211 E. NapervilleRoad #1E, were arrested at about 5:15 p.m. Feb. 20 in the 500 block of East Ogden Avenue following a traffic stop pursuant to the ongoing investigation of eight burglaries, according to Westmont Police Sgt. Stephen Thompson.
Each of the eight burglaries took place between Feb. 9 and Feb. 20 in a two-mile stretch north of E. Naperville Road, east of N. Cass Avenue and south of Ogden Avenue, Thompson said.
All of the incidents occurred during the day, according to Thompson.
Dalu and Dunkelberger went house-to-house carrying shovels, sometimes offering to clear driveways and walkways, and other times casing the premises and knocking on doors to see if residents were home, Thompson said.
The two suspects then entered residences and garages and stole various items. Only on four occasions did they force their way inside the homes, and just once did they break a window to gain entry, according to police.
"Half of the robberies, there was no forced entry – they just walked inside an unlocked door or went through a window," Thompson said. "They a broke a window of a house one time to get inside.
"It's a reminder that, when you are not home, you need to remember to lock all your windows and doors. Alarms can often be a costly measure, but making sure your house everything is locked before you leave will really help prevent burglaries."
Dalu and Dunkelberger sold a majority of the stolen items – either to local stores, pawn shops or on the street – which, in turn, left a trail for Westmont police to follow. All the goods that were sold to shops or businesses have since been returned to the victims, Thompson said.
Following their arrest, Dalu was charged with three counts of residential burglary while Dunkelberger was charged with three counts of residential burglary and three counts of burglary.
Neither has posted bail, and both remain in DuPage County Sheriff custody.