A man with an extensive criminal record faces trial for theft, after police reported finding thousands of items in his apartment he apparently stole from area public library districts to sell over the Internet.
James F. Jackson, 43, remained Monday night in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton on $25,000 bail. He has been charged with library theft, theft of stolen property and theft, all felonies, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court.
Jackson was arrested Friday morning in his second-floor apartment on the 300 block of Spruce Lane in Glen Ellyn, said Ron Wilke, the Lisle Police Department’s public information officer.
The arrest capped four-month investigation involving the theft of numerous items from the Lisle Public Library, 777 Front St., according to a police press release. Police obtained a search warrant, which allowed them to enter Jackson’s home and vehicle, according to the release. Books, digital video discs and other property belonging to the library were found in the apartment, according to the release.
Jackson is accused of stealing the items, as opposed to legally borrowing them using a library card. He allegedly sold them online through an undisclosed web site. Other libraries whose items were recovered were not named.
Court records indicated Jackson has a lengthy arrest and criminal record dating back to 1985 in DuPage County.
He was fined and placed on court supervision in March 1986, after being convicted of a misdemeanor charge of retail theft, court records showed. He received a similar sentence in January 1989, after being found guilty of misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property in Wheaton, according to records.
Jackson was also convicted of drunken driving in a July 1986 sheriff’s office case, records indicated. He was placed on supervision and fined in that matter.
Records showed he has also been arrested numerous times on traffic-related charges, including 2006 and 2010 stops and convictions for reckless driving in Glen Ellyn.