Man Who Broke Into St. Anne's Heading to Prison
Oct 27, 2016 07:45AM ● Published by Steven Jack
Kevin T. Johnson, 50, of Chicago, was convicted of one count of burglary Wednesday in Kendall County Court.
The man arrested for breaking into St. Anne's Catholic Church in Oswego earlier this year has received a 12-year prison sentence.
According to Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis, Kevin T. Johnson, 50, of Chicago, was convicted of one count of burglary after entering a plea of guilty Wednesday. Johnson was charged after an investigation into the Jan. 24, break-in at St. Anne’s.
Oswego Police officers learned that Johnson gained entry into the church by smashing through a window located on an entry door. He was captured on video by a surveillance camera entering locked desk drawers by using a screwdriver.
Johnson also entered a room that contained the collections from parishioners where he emptied envelopes containing cash and left envelopes containing checks. Church authorities reported the damage to police when they came to work in the morning following the break-in.
Johnson’s image, captured by the surveillance cameras, was positively identified by Oswego Police who made contact with him days later while investigating another incident.
“These crimes affect not just the church but all the members of the parish," Weis said. "It is a theft from the church community as a whole.”
Johnson was sentenced to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections as a Class X offender due to his prior criminal record, which included a prior burglary from a church in Lake County in 2005.
He will serve three years of Mandatory Supervised Release, as well as pay $2,848 in restitution to be paid after his release.