A Lake Barrington man was arrested Jan. 8 in connection with numerous burglaries in Lake, McHenry and Cook counties.
Hunter Grabowski, 24, was arrested at his residence in the 500 block of Beacon Drive in Lake Barrington. He was wanted on a $50,000 warrant for failure to appear in court for a theft case. While serving the warrant, deputies located property recently stolen in a nearby burglary, Lake County Sheriff’s Office officials said.
Grabowski, who was the suspect in several area car burglaries, was taken to the sheriff’s office’s Criminal Investigations Division. Sheriff’s detectives obtained a search warrant for Grabowski’s residence, where they located more than 100 items reported stolen during vehicle burglaries in Lake, McHenry and Cook counties, authorities said.
Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Covelli said items that were taken included gift cards, radar detectors, computers, video cameras, golf clubs, power tools and clothing.
“Really, anything of value that could be easily taken,” Covelli said.
The burglaries primarily occurred from vehicles, Covelli said, although the sheriff’s office also is investigating where entry was made into residential structures.
The sheriff’s office also is looking into the dollar amount of the items stolen, although it is “easily in the thousands,” Covelli said.
Evidence was located from burglaries reported in unincorporated Cary, Lake Barrington, Arlington Heights and Palatine.
“We believe once we start examining serial numbers on electronics, we will be able to identify many more victims,” Covelli said.
In addition, the property of several victims who previously filed reports with their respective sheriff’s offices and police departments was recovered at Grabowski’s residence.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charging Grabowski with two counts of burglary. Additional charges are pending.
Grabowski remains in the Lake County Jail.
“I am happy our detectives recovered a significant amount of property, and they will eventually be able to reunite the valuables with their owners,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said in a statement.
Covelli said the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is working with other agencies, such as the Cary, Palatine and Arlington Heights police departments and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the burglaries.
Grabowski was arrested in December 2018 in connection with a Lake Barrington car burglary and several others.
He allegedly sold the stolen electronics from that incident, and additional property – including a purse and a new PlayStation 4 – were found at Grabowski’s residence. Detectives later retrieved the electronics that had been sold.
Shaw Media Illinois senior reporter Katie Smith contributed to this report.