An Oak Lawn man suspected of committing a string of burglaries in Orland Park and Burr Ridge last year was charged with two counts of residential burglary this month and faces possible additional charges, said Orland Park police.
Kenneth N. Jackson, 53, of the 9800 block of South Keeler Ave., is being held on $200,000 bond in Cook County jail following his Jan. 9 arrest, said police.
The charges are a result of a joint investigation between Orland Park and Burr Ridge police because of similar types of burglaries reported in both communities last year.
The Orland Park burglary Jackson has been charged with occurred Aug. 22 in the 14800 block of 108th Avenue. Police said a burglar seen on surveillance video wearing camouflage entered a home through an unlocked patio door at about 3 a.m. and got away with more than $30,000 in cash and jewelry.
The burglar, later identified as Jackson, is thought to be responsible for another residential burglary in the Crystal Tree neighborhood where nothing was taken that night, and was caught on surveillance video attempting to enter several other homes in the area, police said.
About a week later, a man again dressed in camouflage was seen in the 10900 block of Crystal Meadows Court and 10900 block of Green Manor Court.
Because of a 2008 residential burglary believed to be linked to Jackson in Orland Park, Cmdr. John Keating said the department was familiar with Jackson and his tactics, and he was identified as a person of interest for the recent burglaries.
“He always goes through unlocked doors or windows,” he said. “And he does it when people are inside sleeping.”
Then, a residential burglary similar to those reported in Orland Park was recorded by surveillance video at a Burr Ridge home on Oct. 2.
Three days later, police stopped Jackson as he returned to his vehicle at about 3 a.m., three hours after parking it and walking into a nearby tree line. Police said they recovered from Jackson items taken during a Burr Ridge burglary in May, and he was charged in the case.
Jackson was released on bail, but because of ongoing investigations by Orland Park and Burr Ridge police, this month he was again arrested and charged with two additional counts of felony residential burglaries committed in Orland Park in August and Burr Ridge in October.
Orland Park police are still investigating two other incidents that appear to be linked to Jackson, Keating said. Burr Ridge investigations are ongoing as well.
“We haven’t been able to sustain enough to charge him, but we’re still working and hope to file additional charges if possible,” he said.
Jackson was convicted of residential burglary in Northfield in 2009, according to Cook County records. His next court date is Feb. 11 in the Bridgeview courthouse.