Police charge Skokie man with felony burglary in 2011 case
A 20-year-old Skokie man who was charged initially with possession of stolen property in a burglary case last year now faces a felony burglary charge, Skokie police said Thursday, June 7.
The additional charge stems from an arrest in connection with a Nov. 21, 2011, residential burglary on the 5300 block of Wright Terrace in Skokie, police said in a news release.
A suspect was originally taken into custody by officers shortly after the incident, police said, but his alleged involvement in the crime was not fully clear at that time, as he only possessed proceeds from the incident and the victim was unable to make a positive physical identification.
“Officer Michael Hartnett was serving as the reporting officer as well as the evidence technician during the investigation of the burglary,” according to the release. “As a result of Officer Hartnett’s training, skills and technique, he was able to lift latent fingerprints from the crime scene which resulted in a positive identification of the offender, thus linking him to the actual crime scene.”
After the original arrest of the suspect, criminal charges were limited to misdemeanor possession of stolen property. However, “due to Officer Hartnett’s evidence collection, the Cook County States Attorney’s Office has now approved charges for felony residential burglary” against Christian Hardison, of 4845 Conrad St.