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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Bond set at $50,000 for Man Accused of Stealing From Special Education School

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Lisle Chief of Police David Anderson announced today that bond has been set for a Chicago man accused of stealing from a Lisle special education school on two occasions. Kenan Bektasevic, 29 (d.o.b. 1/17/1988) of 2641 E. Estes, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Joseph Bugos set bond at $50,000 with 10% to apply. 
Bektasevic worked as a cleaning man for a company that is contracted to clean Giant Steps, a day school and therapy institution for children and adults with autism and mental disabilities. It is alleged that on October 8, 2017, Bektasevic was scheduled to clean Giant Steps but instead called in sick. It is alleged that Bektasevic then went to Giant Steps that same day, used his key card to gain access to the building and once inside, stole a vacuum and an envelope of cash. It is further alleged that on November 4, 2017, Bektasevic, wearing a face mask, went to Giant Steps, accessed the building with his key card and once inside stole a safe containing approximately $3,500. An investigation led by the Lisle Police Department led to Bektasevic. 
“The very idea that someone would steal from an institution that works to improve the quality of life for  those with disabilities is extremely disheartening,” Berlin said. “I would like to thank the Lisle Police Department for their work in identifying and apprehending the defendant in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Jim French and Claudia Fantauzzo for their efforts.”
“I would like to thank our detectives as well as the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their collaborative efforts that led to charging the defendant in this case,” Anderson said.
Bektasevic’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 12, 2017 in front of Judge John Kinsella. In all he is charged with two counts of Burglary, a Class 2 Felony.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.