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Crime & Courts

Former Wheaton College student charged in burglaries

Former Wheaton College student Sion Park, 18, of Wheaton has been charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, after allegedly stealing items, including iPhones, a watch and a MacBook Air computer, from dorm rooms on the college campus.
Former Wheaton College student Sion Park, 18, of Wheaton has been charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, after allegedly stealing items, including iPhones, a watch and a MacBook Air computer, from dorm rooms on the college campus.

WHEATON – A former Wheaton College student has been charged with stealing items, including iPhones, a watch and a MacBook Air computer, from dorm rooms on the college campus.

Sion Park, 18, of Wheaton is being held in the DuPage County Jail on a $100,000 bond, with 10 percent to apply. The Wheaton College freshman has been charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony.

During the month of February, Park allegedly entered the unlocked dorm rooms of Wheaton College students looking for items to steal and stole items from at least two dorm rooms, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

College authorities were alerted to the alleged thefts and contacted Wheaton police, the release stated. An investigation conducted by the Wheaton Police Department led authorities to Park.

Park was taken into custody Feb. 22 without incident and transported to the DuPage County Jail.

“The allegations that Mr. Park stole valuables worth thousands of dollars from his fellow classmates are unacceptable and will be met with the full force of the law,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Not only did Mr. Park allegedly violate his peer’s personal space, he also caused an educational hardship on at least one occasion by allegedly stealing a student’s computer."

Paul Chelsen, Wheaton College's vice president for student development, said the college will continue to work with authorities on the case.

“Wheaton College is committed to promoting a safe and healthy campus environment for all members of the community," he said in the release.

Park's next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 28 in front of Judge Robert Miller. Should he make bond, Park also was ordered to surrender his passport.

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