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Cops: Men Claim Drug Habits Led To Home Invasion, Burglaries

Kyle Kennedy (left) and Dillon Wood (right) are accused of breaking into a Beach Park home and tying up two girls, and burglarizing several Lake County homes under construction, to fuel their drug habits. (Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

Kyle Kennedy (left) and Dillon Wood (right) are accused of breaking into a Beach Park home and tying up two girls, and burglarizing several Lake County homes under construction, to fuel their drug habits. (Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

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BEACH PARK, Ill. (STMW) – Two men arrested for breaking into a north suburban home, where they tied up two teenage girls and stole a safe, were breaking into homes under construction in Lake County to support drug habits, police said.

The home invasion occurred June 28 in Beach Park when two masked men armed with handguns smashed through a window in the back of the home, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s office.

The men pointed their guns at two girls, ages 13 and 14, in the home, then tied their hands and feet with plastic ties, a statement from the sheriff’s office said. The men then removed a safe and fled.

Leads from evidence at the scene led police to the home of Kyle F. Kennedy, 44, of the 300 block of Elim Avenue in Zion, who was taken into custody without incident, according to police. Also arrested was Dillon F. Wood, 36, of the 1100 block of Fair Oak in Oak Park.

A search warrant was issued for Kennedy’s home, where police recovered the air guns used in the break-in, as well as several appliances which had been stolen from homes which were under construction in Lake County, police said.

Under questioning from police, both men admitted to the home invasion, as well as 15-20 residential burglaries of homes under construction, police said. They said they used proceeds from the burglaries to support $500-a-day heroin and cocaine habits.

Both men are being held in the Lake County Jail on $250,000 bonds after being charged on Aug. 1 with one count each of home invasion, unlawful restraint and residential burglary. They are next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 28 in Waukegan.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)