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DeKalb men charged with multiple car thefts

SYCAMORE – A late-night burglary and auto theft spree has led police to file multiple charges against two DeKalb men, police said Friday.

DeKalb police said Daniel Taylor, 33, and Timothy Schabow, 47, both of the 800 block of Kimberly Drive in DeKalb, stole a Dodge Caravan, Ford F-150 pickup truck and a Chevrolet Equinox early Thursday, and burglarized other cars around the Heatherstone subdivision by DeKalb High School.

The pair face multiple charges including felony burglary and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, which carry up to 7 years in prison for each count.

According to court documents, Schabow said he was walking outside with Taylor early Thursday when Taylor said he would give him a ride home. Taylor returned with the Ford truck, which he said he stole. Schabow then entered the vehicle and stole a bluetooth device.

DeKalb Police Cmdr. John Petragallo said the two left that vehicle and stole another before entering various parked vehicles and taking items from some. All of the vehicles the pair are accused of stealing had keys inside, police said.

Petragallo said most burglaries happened in the Heatherstone subdivision and some occurred in the neighborhood just south of it.

When police saw the men using flashlights to look into a Dodge Caravan, the suspects ran off.

Police, with the help of a canine unit, found Schabow hiding in a cornfield near the high school and found Taylor in his apartment later that day. When officers entered Taylor's apartment, they found keys belonging to the stolen cars as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Taylor's wife also had a bruised eye, according to the documents, leading Taylor to be charged with domestic abuse.

Taylor is being held in DeKalb County Jail on $200,000 bond and Schabow is being held on $50,000. All the vehicles and items were recovered.

Petragallo urged residents to lock car doors and never leave keys inside their vehicles.

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