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Crime & Courts

More burglary charges filed against Sycamore man

Israel Valenzuela, 23, of Sycamore, was charged with residential burglary, burglary to a motor vehicle, theft and forgery.
Israel Valenzuela, 23, of Sycamore, was charged with residential burglary, burglary to a motor vehicle, theft and forgery.

DeKALB — Prosecutors filed more charges against the Sycamore man arrested last month after residents identified him on DeKalb police's Facebook page, authorities said.

Israel Valenzuela-Piedra, 23, of the 2400 block of Lilac Lane, was charged Tuesday with seven counts of burglary to a motor vehicle and one count of theft for allegedly breaking into seven cars around DeKalb and stealing a Schwinn bicycle July 21, court records show.

He previously was charged with residential burglary and forgery for allegedly breaking into a DeKalb home July 21 and stealing a wallet, computer and Chicago Bears helmet signed by Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, court records show.

DeKalb police said Valenzuela-Piedra then used a stolen credit card to purchase items from Walmart, where video surveillance captured him walking in the store. DeKalb police put the photo on their Facebook page asking residents for help identifying him. It took about an hour to identify the suspect as Valenzuela, authorities said.

If convicted of the most serious charge he faces, residential burglary, Valenzuela-Piedra could be sentenced to probation or up to 15 years in prison. He is next due in court Sept. 10.

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