An ongoing investigation by police from multiple jurisdictions has led to the arrest of two people suspected in a recent series of burglaries on the north side of Elmhurst.
Elmhurst detectives, along with investigators from six other agencies, followed the suspects for several days. At 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, they witnessed the two burglarize a home in Itasca, newly hired Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth said. The offenders were taken into custody at the scene, and they were in possession of stolen property, he said.
Arrested and charged with residential burglary were Jeffrey Roman, 24, and Jessica Jakaitis, 26, both of Addison.
The offenders were followed by police as they traveled through nine towns in the western suburbs looking for homes to target, Ruth said. They allegedly acted as a team, with Jakaitis knocking on the front doors of homes. If someone answered, she allegedly would ask for directions. If no one answered, Roman allegedly would attempt to force open a door in the back of the home.
Elmhurst detectives are reviewing forensic evidence to determine if these offenders are responsible for other residential burglaries in the area. Both suspects are being held in DuPage County Jail.
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