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Cops: Suspect ate coffee cake, played darts while residents slept

Daniel W. Bailey 32 Mokenwas charged with residential burglary vandalism theft battery  possessidrug paraphernaliwas being held $75000 bail Will

Daniel W. Bailey, 32, of Mokena, was charged with residential burglary, vandalism, theft and battery, possession of drug paraphernalia and was being held on $75,000 bail, Will County Sheriff's police said.

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Updated: January 21, 2013 3:55PM

A southwest suburban family was awakened early Sunday by an intruder who made himself at home for the holidays.

About 4 a.m., residents heard a knocking sound and found a man sitting on a stairway playing with their cat. After telling him to get out of their Troy Township home, they noticed that the Christmas tree lights and the television had been turned on and candles were burning, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

When officers arrived at the home on Route 52 a short time later, they found the man in a driveway. He told authorities he had run out of gas and knocked on the door of the home for help ,and when no one answered, he broke into the home.

The residents said they woke up when the man knocked on a bedroom door.

“A coffee cake that had been inside a cabinet was half-eaten out on the counter,” a deputy reported.

It also appeared the man had played a round of darts on the board in the garage and taken gas caps off the lawn mower and three vehicles.

The man allowed deputies to search his Chevrolet Malibu, which was indeed out of gas, police said.

Inside the car, police said they found two cans of beer, a can of soda, two frozen dinners, three frozen pizzas, a box of Hot Pockets and a box of mozzarella sticks that had allegedly had been taken from the freezer inside. The residents did not claim the two glass marijuana pipes that police found in the man’s car.

Daniel Bailey, 32, of Mokena, was arrested on charges of residential burglary, vandalism, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff’s police said Bailey “became irate and combative” while being moved to a holding cell at the jail and also was charged with battery. He was being held on $75,000 bail.

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