Repeat River Forest burglar convicted
Updated: July 29, 2012 4:40PM
A repeat burglar in River Forest was sentenced to 26 years in prison for a 2008 burglary.
Brian Deblasio, 41, formerly of Essex, Ill., was sentenced on June 15.
On May 26, 2008, Deblasio forced his way into a house on the 900 block of Monroe and stole cash and jewelry. He fled the area in a taxi.
“It was a new one for me,” Detective Sgt. Martin Grill said. “That’s how we found him. Someone saw the taxi in the area and they were able to tell where they dropped him off.”
Police tracked him to a hotel in Cicero but were only able to press drug charges against Deblasio. Police, however, continued their investigation.
“We just had a fresh set of eyes take a look at the evidence,” Grill said.
On April 2, 2009, River Forest police again arrested Deblasio. This time Cook County State’s Attorney approved residential burglary charges.
Deblasio had also been convicted of five residential burglaries in 1997 in River Forest, according to a police press release. He was sentenced to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for those crimes, and was released after serving a portion of that sentence.
Due to Deblasio’s criminal record, his current conviction made him a Class X offender, requiring a sentence of 6 to 30 years’ imprisonment.