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Police: Elburn man charged after trying to break into former home

BATAVIA – An Elburn man faces a felony charge after he attempted to break into his former home early Saturday because he had to use the bathroom, according to a Kane County Sheriff's report.

Patrick C. Hess, 22, of the 900 block of Kendall Street, Elburn, was charged with criminal damage to property, a Class 4 felony because the damage was between $300 and $10,000.

He is expected in court June 11.

According to the report, Hess was drinking at bars Friday, watching the Chicago Blackhawks game against the Los Angeles Kings, and later was dropped off in the Tanglewood Hills subdivision in Batavia.

He walked east to his former home in the 500 block of McKinley Street, also in Batavia, because he had to go to the bathroom, police reported.

Hess tried to get inside by throwing a brick he found on the ground through double-paned windows but couldn't get in, police reported.

Police arrived at about 5:50 a.m. after receiving reports of a man in a red Blackhawks sweater banging on the front door of the home, police said, noting a witness also heard glass breaking.

Police found Hess in the backyard, reportedly trying to hide behind a tree. According to the report, Hess was "highly intoxicated," had trouble standing and slurred his words.

The home, which is being restored through the Kane County Neighborhood Stabilization Program, sustained an estimated $600 in damage, police reported.

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