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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Samuel A. Watson used Google Maps to case upscale suburban homes

Google Maps helped a Chicago man target as many as nine suburban homes for break-ins since March, police said.

Indian Head Park police arrested Samuel A. Watson, 33, at his South Side home Friday in connection with a July 18 burglary in Indian Head Park.

Watson was charged with the break-in after a resident of the home identified him in a lineup, Sgt. Curt Novak said.

The resident was asleep at home when Watson pried open a rear door and grabbed items before opening a bedroom door and coming face to face with the homeowner, police said.

Police said Watson confessed to officers how he selected the homes to burglarize.

“He said he Googled ‘expensive homes along highways,’ and Indian Head Park and Burr Ridge came up,” Novak said. “He used the satellite view on those homes where you can see 360 degrees.”

Police said Watson is a suspect in as many as eight break-ins since March in Indian Head Park and one at a Burr Ridge townhome.

The burglaries all happened between 8 and 10 p.m. Jewelry and electronics totaling about $100,000 were taken, Novak said.