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John Gnatek, 24, appeared Friday before Cook County Associate Judge Peter Felice on charges of residential burglary, unlawful possession of a motor vehicle, and violating an order of protection.
Prosecutors said Gnatek entered his grandmother’s residence in the 6500 block of W. 82nd Place in Burbank around 5:25 a.m. June 23 despite an order of protection placed against him.
While in the home, Gnatek allegedly took car keys, a debit card, and $10 in cash. Gnatek then removed his grandmother’s car from the garage without her permission and drove to Chicago’s West Side to purchase heroin, prosecutors said.
According to court documents, Gnatek is currently on probation for aggravated identity theft and was found to also have an active arrest warrant for criminal trespass to a vehicle.
Judge Felice set bail at $300,000 on the new charges but ordered that Gnatek be held without bond for violating his probation.
Gnatek’s attorney asked that he be placed in WestCare — a “jail based” short-term intensive substance abuse treatment program — while in custody.
Felice granted the request stating, “When your addiction makes you rob your grandma, I think you need it.”
Gnatek is due back in court on July 13 in Bridgeview for a preliminary hearing.