ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A Rockford man is arrested for burglary after he allegedly broke into a home, stole jewelry, and sold it, all while under police surveillance.
On December 6th, 2013 detectives with the Rockford Police Department were conducting surveillance on a known burglar and the suspect in several northwest side residential burglaries, 45-year-old Gilbert McDonald. Police say McDonald has a long history of burglaries in the City of Rockford and was paroled from prison in 2010.
Detectives say they saw McDonald driving throughout the west side of Rockford and then begin to circle a
residential area off of Kilburn Ave. north of Auburn St. At one point, police say McDonald parked his vehicle in the 2900 block of Lawndale Ave. and got out on foot, walking into the neighborhood. A short time later, he returned to his vehicle and drove away from the area.
Within minutes a residential alarm was reported at a home in the area of Lawndale Ave. Officers were sent to the alarm and discovered the back door to the residence was kicked in and jewelry items were found in the backyard at the home, apparently dropped as the suspect fled the scene.
While investigating the burglary, police continued their surveillance of McDonald and detectives say they saw him park and enter a jewelry store on South Main Street. McDonald left the store shortly after he entered and investigators then met with store employees and learned that McDonald had just sold them some jewelry.
The jewelry items McDonald sold were photographed and sent to officers still on scene of the burglary
The victim of the burglary looked at the photos and said the items had come from the home.
McDonald was followed back to his residence where he was taken into custody and charged with residential burglary.