Several hours of surveillance Wednesday led local law enforcement officials to the arrest of a man linked to numerous recent burglaries in Grundy, La Salle, Kendall Counties.
Grundy County Sheriff Terry Marketti said about 12 deputies and detectives from his agency and the Kendall County Sheriff's Office followed in unmarked vehicles and watched Brian A. Babin, 33, of Peotone, target dozens of homes for burglary in the three counties, and saw him ultimately commit three burglaries.
"He went to at least 30 houses," Marketti said. "He knocked on doors seeing if people were home."
At the final burglary, at about 4 p.m., Marketti said law enforcement officials and a K-9 unit surrounded a home on Ashley Road and arrested him as he exited with jewelry later identified and recovered by the homeowner.
Babin was taken into custody without incident, Marketti said.
Through an investigation into a rash of burglaries in recent months, Marketti said Babin was identified as a suspect. Detectives from Grundy and Kendall Counties then began conducting surveillance on him. On Wednesday, they received information that Babin's vehicle, a silver Dodge Durango, was observed in Grundy County and deputies began observing him in action.
Babin was charged with residential burglary and theft, a Class 1 felony, and is believed to have ties with at least seven additional burglaries under investigation in Grundy County. Jewelry and cash were the leading types of stolen property, according to a Grundy County Sheriff's Department release, with some cases totaling more than $10,000 in property.
Marketti said Babin could face as many as 20 charges in Kendall County, and also is wanted for burglaries in Indiana. Babin's criminal record is lengthy, including prior drug charges.
He said he was pleased with the result of the operation and the cooperation between different agencies.
"It kept us very busy the last several weeks, but it was a good result," he said. "It got a guy off the streets that's been terrorizing rural residents the last month or two."
Babin appeared in front of a judge at the Grundy County Circuit Court Thursday, where his bond was set at $250,000. After his appearance, he was transported to the Grundy County jail.
He will next appear in court June 14.