Parolee charged with Maine Township burglary
Updated: February 19, 2013 11:54AM
MAINE TOWNSHIP — A Chicago man who was reportedly caught breaking into an unincorporated Maine Township apartment has been tied to the burglary of another nearby residence.
John W. Gilliam, 35, was charged with felony residential burglary after he was taken into custody Jan. 8 inside an apartment on the 8900 block of Kennedy Drive.
According to Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Gilliam, who was on parole for residential burglary and theft convictions, was discovered inside the apartment after a neighbor called police to report suspicious noises coming from the residence at around 1:40 p.m.
Police said Gilliam was in possession of a screwdriver, pocket knife and tire iron, as well as jewelry. Police later determined the jewelry had been reported stolen from an apartment on the 9600 block of Brandy Court, said Sheriff’s Department Spokeswoman Sophia Ansari.
Ansari said the resident of the Kennedy Drive apartment declined to pursue prosecution against Gilliam, but police were able to connect him to the Brandy Court burglary and he was subsequently charged with that crime.
Police initially said Gilliam was in possession of keys that belonged to a stolen vehicle, but Ansari said it has since been determined that the vehicle had not been stolen.
Gilliam remained in Cook County Jail with bond set at $100,000. His next court date is Jan. 24.