Arrest in Home Burglaries | 5th Ave Concept Rejected | Harry’s Cafe Stays Put

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Arrest Made in Home Burglaries:

Last night, Naperville police arrested a man in connection with several of the 11 home burglaries in our area over the last few months. Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall says the man may have had a hand in as many as six to eight of the break-ins. It is not yet clear whether he was working alone. The break-ins all took place overnight, or in the early morning hours in homes on the north side of town. In each case, the intruder got in though an unlocked or open garage or patio door. We’ll update with more information on social media and as we receive it.

5th Avenue Proposed Concept Rejected:

Naperville City Council voted 6-3 last night against developer Ryan Companies’ proposed baseline concept for the 5th Avenue Redevelopment Project. About 40 speakers voiced their opinions on the concept, most agreeing that their proposal is too dense for the area, among other concerns. That included several members of the 5th Avenue Steering Committee, who voted 7-1 last week to recommend approving the project, but have since changed their minds. Council will consider hosting a workshop to sit down with Ryan and tell them what needs to be changed to move forward on the project.

Harry’s Cafe to Stay Put:

Council also voted unanimously to amend an ordinance allowing Harry’s Cafe to continue operating during mornings at the 5th Avenue Train Station. Mayor Steve Chirico explained that the city inadvertently made Harry’s noncompliant while cleaning up its food vendor ordinance, and this was simply an amendment to allow him to operate before 10 a.m. Harry Buenger, the owner of the food truck that’s been serving coffee and tea at the station for 41 years, spoke at the meeting to thank council for their decision and share his plans to retire in five years.

Stolen Bulldog Returned:

The bulldog is back. Furry Babies in Aurora reports that the English bulldog stolen from their pet store on Sunday has been returned. The Aurora Police Department says a man dropped the dog off at the store yesterday, saying a couple asked him to bring it back. Police are still looking for the two people suspected of snatching the dog, whose estimated worth is more than $7,600.

National Coffee With a Cop Day:

It’s National Coffee With a Cop Day – and some Napervillians celebrated appropriately, starting out their morning with a cup of joe with Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall and members of his senior staff. They were all at the McDonald’s at 1520 Naper Blvd. today, in conjunction with their regular “Chat With The Chief” series. The event gave residents a chance to chat with officers about their concerns, or just get to know our men in blue a little better. If you missed out today – there’ll be other chats brewing, as they’re hosted several times a year. You can learn when and where on the city’s website.