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Sycamore man accused of burglary spree

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 5:48 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 11:42 p.m. CST
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Ryan DeCoster, 20, of Sycamore

SYCAMORE — A 20 year-old Sycamore man accused of breaking into a home and stealing various items from five cars told police he was drunk the night the events happened, authorities said.

Sycamore police said they responded to a call of a suspicious person about 6 a.m. Wednesday near Mount Hunger Road and found Ryan T. Decoster, of the 1100 block of Arneita Street, carrying a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

In bags Decoster was carrying, police found three GPS devices, paychecks not in his name, flashlights, fishing gear, a fishing license not in his name and multiple knives and hatchets, court records show. Police matched the items to their owners, who all reported their cars were broken into that night, according to court records.

Sycamore Police also recovered numerous items for which no owner has yet been identified, according to a news release. Police ask anyone with additional information or if they are missing items from a vehicle, to contact the Sycamore Police Department at 815-895-3435.

Decoster also is accused of breaking into a Sycamore couple's garage. He used a remote to access the closed garage door then broken into a car inside to steal a GPS, police said.

One vehicle Decoster is accused of burglarizing is an International Flatbed tow truck belonging to Accurate Towing, 531 E. Sycamore St., Sycamore. Accurate Towing's owner told police his car also was broken into and had a damaged seat, although nothing was stolen, court records show.

Decoster told police he was drunk and did not remember what happened, authorities said. He was charged with five counts of burglary and one count each of residential burglary, criminal damage to property and underage possession of alcohol.

The most serious charge, residential burglary, is punishable by between four and 15 years in prison; probation would not be an option.

Decoster remained in jail Thursday unable to post 10 percent of his $75,000 bond. He is next due in court Sept. 5.

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