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Crime & Courts

Police: Somonauk man broke into neighbor's vehicles

SOMONAUK – A 36-year-old Somonauk area man accused of twice burglarizing his neighbor's vehicles remained in DeKalb County jail Thursday with $200,000 bond.

Michael Shaddix, of the 6100 block of Howison Road north of Somonauk, was charged with burglary and criminal damage to property. The most serious charge Shaddix faces, burglary, typically is punishable with between six and 30 years in prison.

Shaddix told police he broke into his next-door neighbor's van and semi-trailer Tuesday after breaking in about two or three weeks ago, court records show. DeKalb County Sheriff's police found collectibles typically stored in the semi-trailer – including toy cars from the late 1920s, an antique horn and a trunk – in Shaddix's possession, Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said.

Shaddix was appointed a public defender Thursday and is next due in court Oct. 22.

Police are exploring whether Shaddix might have stolen other items to take to a resale shop outside the county, Dumdie said. Those with information related to the case can call sheriff's deputies at 815-895-2155.

"If others in the area have collectibles that have been stolen," Dumdie said, "they can contact the sheriff's office."

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