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Accused Christmas Eve burglar caught red-handed in Hills: cops

by Kevin Olsen
From The Reporter

A woman allegedly caught taking items from a Palos Hills home on Christmas Eve has been charged with felony aggravated burglary.

Jennifer C. Newbauer, 23, of Oak Lawn, was arrested at 11:03 p.m. Dec. 24 after police were alerted by a neighbor of a burglary occurring in the 10400 block of 73rd Court. When police arrived at the scene they found Newbauer inside the home with a variety of stolen items from what are believed to be several burglaries, said Palos Hills Deputy Chief Jeff Cucio.

Cucio did not have an exact value of the stolen goods, but said it was well over the $300 threshold for felony burglary and estimated it was at least “a couple thousand dollars.” The homeowners were not home during the burglary and Cucio did not know if Christmas presents were among the burgled goods, he said.

In the process of apprehending Newbauer, she led police to the arrest of another alleged burglar. Newbauer’s boyfriend, Brian Babin, 30, of Peotone, was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Will County for a charge of burglary. Police interviewed Babin after Newbauer told them she was with him earlier. Police discovered unaccounted-for items in Babin’s possession, but he was not charged by Palos Hills police.

Cucio said Newbauer also possessed stolen goods not taken from the house she was found in, adding he has no idea how many burglaries in which she may be implicated. There have been no other reports of burglaries in Palos Hills, but other municipal police departments have been contacting the department about Newbauer.

Palos Hills Police Chief Paul J. Madigan stated in a press release that the officers involved in the arrest made the city a safer place during the holidays.

Newbauer had a bond hearing Monday where bail was set at $500,000. She has a court date of Jan. 27 at the Cook County 5th District Municipal Courthouse in Bridgeview.

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