Arrest in Geneva business break-in try
By Dan Campana For The Beacon-News March 22, 2013 2:32PM
Updated: April 25, 2013 7:05AM
An Oak Park man already held on burglary charges in Cook County is now accused of trying to break into a Geneva business last summer.
James Ussery, 20, faces a single count of attempted burglary that alleges he tried to enter Hahn’s Bakery at 303 Franklin St. in Geneva to commit a theft in early June 2012. Ussery appeared in Kane County Court Thursday, but the status hearing was continued two weeks after his attorney failed to show up for court. Ussery is being held without bail in Cook County on an unrelated burglary case in Oak Park.
Although Ussery is only accused of trying to break into the bakery, Geneva police investigated a three burglaries and one other attempted burglary in late May and early June last year, according to court records. Aside from the bakery break-in, police reported the burglaries or attempts occurred at Bobbettes Hair Concepts, St. Mark’s Church, Peaceful Parlor and Jane Pabon.
In a search warrant affidavit seeking a DNA sample from Ussery, police said they found a piece of glass that was believed to have been used to cut the screens on a rear window at Hahn’s. A fingerprint lifted from the glass was later tied to Ussery by the state crime lab in September. The Hahn’s window is less than 100 feet from a window used to gain entry to Jane Pabon, which was burglarized around the same time, the affidavit states.
Ussery denied ever being in Geneva or any involvement in the burglaries, while also having “no explanation as to why his fingerprint would have been at the business,” according to the affidavit.