Janitor stole safe, cash and other items from Lisle special ed school, prosecutors say

Chicago Tribune

A janitor has been charged after allegedly stealing a safe holding $3,500 and other items from the special education school in Lisle where he worked, DuPage County prosecutors said Friday.

Kenan Bektasevic, 29, of the 2600 block of East Estes in Chicago, appeared in bond court Friday on felony burglary charges­­­. Judge Joseph Bugos set his bail at $50,000.

Authorities say Bektasevic committed burglaries at Giant Steps, a day school and therapy institution for children and adults who have autism. He worked there as a janitor, employed by a company that Giant Steps had hired to do maintenance.

He was scheduled to clean the school Oct. 8 but called in sick, according to prosecutors, who say he went to the facility that day and stole an envelope of money and a vacuum cleaner. Bektasevic allegedly used his key card to gain access.

Authorities alleged that Bektasevic, while wearing a mask, again entered the building using his key card Nov. 4 and stole a safe containing $3,500. An investigation by the Lisle police led to Bektasevic’s arrest, prosecutors said.

“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,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement issued Friday.

Bektasevic is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 12 before Judge John Kinsella.

Clifford Ward is a freelance reporter.

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