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Naperville Police secure felony charges, arrest suspects in Apple Store burglary

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Above / Midday on Nov. 6, 2023, the Apple Store in downtown Naperville remained closed temporarily for repairs after a vehicle hit the structure located at 120 W. Jefferson Avenue. (PN Photo, Nov. 6, 2023) PN reminds readers that keeping the community safe is everyone’s responsibility. Thanks always for calling 911 whenever necessary to report something that seems suspicious. Never assume someone else has reported an emergency. Be alert by day and by night. Be a Naperville Crime Stopper. Stay safe.

Naperville Police have charged three offenders in connection with a burglary that involved crashing a car into the Apple store in downtown Naperville last fall.

Police were called to the business in the 100 block of West Jefferson Avenue at approximately 6:05AM on Nov. 6, 2023, to a report of a vehicle hitting a structure. Upon arrival, officers found the vehicle – a beige Hyundai Elantra – halfway through the glass storefront of the business. The vehicle, which was unoccupied and still running, showed evidence of having been stolen.

Further investigation indicated that three male offenders allegedly entered the business, stole approximately $34,000 in electronic devices, and fled in another vehicle prior to police arrival. The estimated damage caused to the business exceeded $300,000.

Christie K. Lopez, 30, of the 900 block of E. 83rd Street in Chicago; David J. Fultz, 30, of the 500 block of Fisher Avenue in Rockford; and a third male offender from Maywood, who was a juvenile at the time of the incident, are each charged with Burglary, Theft and Criminal Damage to Property, all Class 2 felonies.

Lopez was arrested on March 13, 2024. Fultz was taken into custody on April 10, 2024.

Christie Lopez
David Fultz

“This was a very brazen and high-profile burglary, and we’ve had residents asking about arrests since the day it happened,” said Police Chief Jason Arres. “This just goes to show that investigations can take some time, but we do get results. The persistence of our detectives is unmatched, and we’re committed to catching anyone who commits a crime in our town.”

“I’m so proud of the Naperville Police Department for their diligence and tenacity on this case and others,” said Mayor Scott Wehrli. “Our residents and businesses expect and deserve to be safe and secure.”
 
Mayor Wehrli continued, “This is another reminder that we do not tolerate crime in Naperville – and our state’s attorneys don’t either. We will hold those who choose to break the law or put others in danger accountable.”
 

The Naperville Police wish to remind the public and the news media that a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Report submitted by Public Information Office for the Naperville Police Department.

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