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Mentally ill man held on $100,000 for vandalizing Soldier Field suites

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A homeless man with a history of mental illness was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail Saturday for allegedly burglarizing and setting fire to one of three Soldier Field suites Cook County prosecutors said he vandalized, the Sun-Times is reporting.

Zecharias Miller, 26, was identified as the culprit in the crime by his fingerprints and surveillance video at the Bears’ stadium, prosecutors said.

The Florida native, who takes medication for schizophrenia and anxiety, was arrested on Friday at a Maywood hospital.

The suites were vandalized at the stadium at 1410 Museum Campus Dr. sometime between 9 p.m. Aug. 1 and 1 a.m. Aug. 2, authorities said.

A member of the stadium’s cleaning service discovered executive suites on the D Level open and unlocked about 5 a.m. Aug. 3, a police source said at the time.

She checked the suites and found that they had been vandalized. According to police, one suite had writing carved into the walls and a pentagon shape painted on the carpet.

Cabinets and glass had been broken, and a fire had been started on one suite’s carpeting, police said.

Another suite had minimal damage, but the doors and cabinets had been opened, police said.

Police checked surveillance camera footage and found that the vandal got into Soldier Field by scaling the east colonnade stairs, according to a police report.

Miller’s arrest report indicates that he is homeless but was recently staying in the 1400 block of South Canal.

Judge Laura Sullivan on Saturday ordered that Miller be housed at Cermak Hospital while he is incarcerated at Cook County Jail.

Miller is facing one count of burglary and one count of arson involving damage to property charges.

He has three prior felony convictions.

The Bears’ preseason kicked off with a 34-28 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 8 at Solider Field.

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