Evanston police charged a Chicago man with burglary, less than two months after he was released from prison on parole for a 12-year burglary sentence.
Kelly J. Skamra, 44, of the 500 block of West 14th Place in Chicago, was charged with one count of residential burglary, a felony, in connection with an incident that took place around 11:20 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the 500 block of Grey Avenue, according to police. He was released on parole on Oct. 19, after serving six years of a 12-year sentence for residential burglary at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, IL, police said.
The 37-year-old woman whose house was burglarized told police she was at home when the burglar rang the front doorbell. When no one answered, he forced his way in through a side door, she told police. Her son and daughter, both under the age of 18, were home at the time, too, but ran away once they realized someone was in the house.
The woman, who remained in her home, told police that she saw the burglar leave her house carrying a laptop computer. She called 911, according to police, and with the help of her son outside, told the dispatcher what the burglar looked like and where they had seen him run.
Police stopped Skamra in the 300 block of Dodge Avenue, based on the woman’s description, they said. Officers arrested him and retrieved the laptop after the woman identified Skamra as the man who had been in her house.
Police believe Skamra may be involved in other burglaries in the area, including one in the 2800 block of Sheridan Road on Nov. 26. He is set to appear in Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.
Editor's Note: This story is updated to include further details released by the police after the first version was published.