Police: Burglar ate pastry, played darts, turned on X-mas lights as residents slept
TROY TOWNSHIP, Ill. — A man said he ran out of gas before police said he broke into a family’s home, ate their food and turned on their Christmas lights.
Around 4 a.m. Sunday Will County Sheriff’s police were called to a home along Route 52 in unincorporated Troy Township, where residents reported an intruder. According to reports, deputies arrived to find Daniel W. Bailey, 32, of Mokena walking in the driveway. Bailey said he’d run out of gas.
The residents said they awoke to Bailey knocking on a bedroom door and walked out to see him sitting on the stairs playing with their cat. After telling Bailey to get out, the residents found the Christmas tree and other lights had been turned on, candles were lit and the TV turned on in the living room.
“A coffee cake that had been inside a cabinet was (found) half-eaten out on the counter,” a deputy reported.
It also appeared Bailey had played a round of darts on the board in the garage and taken gas caps off the lawn mower and three vehicles.
Bailey reportedly allowed deputies to search his vehicle, which was indeed out of gas.
But inside police found two cans of beer, a can of soda, two frozen dinners, three frozen pizzas, a box of Hot Pockets and a box of mozzarella sticks that had reportedly been taken from the freezer inside. Police also found two glass marijuana pipes in Bailey’s car.
Bailey, of 13154 Florence Road, Mokena, was arrested on charges of residential burglary, vandalism, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff’s police said Bailey “became irate and combative” while being moved to a holding cell at the jail and was also charged with battery. He is being held on $75,000 bail.