Monday, November 18, 2013

UPDATE: Cab-Stiffing Cell Thief ID'ed

An alleged cell phone thief who was caught only after he refused to pay a cab driver--and the cab driver took him on an additional ride to the 19th district police station--is identified today.

CWB reported the story first last night and the Chicago Tribune has greater detail this afternoon..

Alejandro Galeana, 27, of Edgewater now faces four counts of felony theft, according to the report.

The Trib adds,
He stole the phones from people at the Red Ivy Chicago Sports Bar, 3519 N. Clark St, and the Big City Tap, 1010 W. Belmont Ave., prosecutors said.
One of the five phones in his possession turned out to be his own.

Knucklehead is being held on $75,000 bond.
Image: Cook County Sheriff's Office

10 comments:

  1. Once again, great thinking and actions on the part of the Cab Driver! As much as I hate seeing these d-bags mugshots, I hope that you can continue to post them on the site (when available) as it can only help with everyone's awareness in the area.

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  2. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-suspect-hands-cops-stolen-phones-to-call-home-20131118,0,781162.story

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    1. Much better story. Thank you, Anonymous

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    2. The funniest part of the Tribune story is it shows a larger photo of the jagoff and he is wearing an Armani shirt. Giorgio must be so proud.

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  3. Good thinking, cabbie! Would've loved to have been a fly on the back seat to see it unfold and the perp's face.

    This mugs/MO/vehicle match any neighborhood thefts?

    Men accused of Logan Square purse thefts
    Read more at http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/local/redeye-men-of-logan-square-purse-thefts-20131118,0,4431172.story#LVLsZAgRD6Udr2Si.99

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    1. Thanks for the link, Anonymous. We found quite a few mugshots on RedEye for people who've been arrested in stories that we've reported. We'll put up a summary this week. Thanks again!

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    2. Excellent! I couldn't recall a black SUV in any recent descriptions, but that may be incorrect. Thank you, CWB!

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  4. ...thus confirming the theory that ugly people steal cellphones.

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  5. I fear this is a plea deal waiting to happen and no justice will occur. The public defender will propose that the felonies be dropped and replaced with misdemeanors because the value of each item is less than $500. The DA will agree because all the stolen property was able to be returned within 24 hours. The judge will give him probation because the jail is already too full. He will be out stealing cellphones again within days.

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  6. The good news about posting these mugshots is that neighborhood residents can recognize the criminals when they are once again let loose.
    The bad news is every time I come to the website I have to see this little jagoff's ugly mug once again.
    I am not a violent man, but is it just me, or is that smug look on his face one that deserves being punched?

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