'Last three weeks my wife hasn't been sleeping' neighbor reacts to home invasion break through

By WEEK Reporter

November 26, 2013 Updated Nov 27, 2013 at 12:17 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- It has been a terrifying time for Peoria residents. With more than five similar home invasions since July, residents have been on edge.

"These invasions are moving into the bedrooms of Peoria," said Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard. "To have someone enter your room and be held at gun point...it's terrifying."

Peoria resident Rick Cieker said it has been a tough time for his family.

"The last three weeks my wife hasn't been sleeping well," said Cieker. "Any time you hear any kind of noise you jump and do a double take because you want to make sure you're not being encroached on."

WEEK has spoken with Cieker before. He lived a couple doors down from from Susan and Jefferey McKenna--a family whose Chadwick Estate home was robbed in October. Since then things have changed.

"We've got an alarm system set up, lights all over the porch and a plan of action if anything happens," said Cieker.

Peoria police indicated that the residents of Peoria have stepped up in keeping a watchful eye.

"There are 120,000 Peoria residents with eyes and ears that see and hear things that the police may not," said Chief Settingsgaard. "We received a Crimesstopper tip that was vital to the investigation. It opened up doors...a good door."

Police now have a suspect in custody.

"This is the beginning of a lot of work. We have a cybercrime detective going through the electronic media, we have a search warrant...A lot of time will be spent analyzing the evidence," said Chief Settingsgaard.

"We definitely feel some relief," said Cieker. "We think that the police have done their due diligence, and we are thankful. We think they did a good job. We can only hope that they make more arrests. Until they are all caught then we can rest better."

Peoria police said they will be using all of their resources to put these men behind bars.

"I think the tables have turned. For the suspects who have not yet been arrested, it's their turn to sleep with one eye open," said Chief Settingsgaard. "They know right now. We're coming."

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