Chicago Man Charged with Break-ins at Three Oak Park Churches

| January 1, 2012

A 28-year-old Chicago man has been charged with six counts of felony burglary in connection with a string of church break-ins in Oak Park that date back to mid-November, police said Friday.

Ahmad Rashad Buckley, of the 1400 block of Mason Street, stands accused of committing two of the three recent burglaries at Austin Boulevard Christian Church, one at Judson Baptist Church and three at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, the last of which led to his arrest on Dec. 27, said Oak Park Police Det. Sgt. Michael Richardson.

In questioning Buckley, police learned that he chose churches to break into because he felt comfortable there and was reasonably certain he could find food, cash and items that he could sell, Richardson added.

At 4:15 a.m. on Nov. 19, police responded to a break-in at Judson Baptist Church, 1252 N. Austin Blvd. A window air-conditioning unit had been removed from a southeast corner window, setting off a motion alarm and scaring off Buckley, Richardson said. Nothing was taken.

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