An alert neighbor who spotted a man breaking into a Joliet home gave police the opportunity to nab the suspect in the act, Joliet police Cmdr. Al Roechner said.
Larry Darnell Williams, 47, of 14 Bradford, unincorporated Joliet, was arrested and charged with residential burglary shortly after 2 p.m. Monday when police took him into custody at the 260 Bridge St. home he was allegedly in the process of looting, Roechner said.
Williams is accused of riding his bike to the home, parking it out front and then kicking in the front door to gain access, he said.
A neighbor who called the police after observing the situation gave officers the opportunity to surround the house and demand that Williams come out, Roechner said. He did so without incident, telling officers that the owners had given him permission to be there.
Police later verified that the owners did not know Williams and had not given anyone authority to go into their home, Roechner said.
Williams is being held in the Will County jail in lieu of $60,000 bond.
According to jail records, Williams has been arrested at least three times for driving while his license was revoked and in 2011 was arrested for violating parole.