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Man charged with burglarizing museum in Elgin

Jonathan T. Peluso | Elgin police

A northwest suburban man has been charged with burglarizing the Elgin Public Museum late last year.

Jonathan T. Peluso, 32, has been charged with one count of burglary and one count of criminal damage to property, both felonies, according to Elgin police.

Officers responding to a report of a burglary about 12:15 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Elgin Public Museum of Natural History and Anthropology at 225 Grand Blvd. in Lords Park found a glass pane at the entryway door shattered by a rock, which was recovered on the floor inside the building, police said.

Peluso fled before officers arrived, but officers collected physical evidence he left behind and watched surveillance video that showed him inside the museum during the burglary, police said.

Peluso, who lives in the 400 block of Bowen Court in Elgin, has been detained in the Kane County Jail on a $55,000 bond for unrelated charges, authorities said. He has been served with the new charges and is scheduled for a new bond hearing Friday.