Saturday, January 11, 2014


He’s back!

We told you about Amarri Bowens back in June when the 22-year-old one-man crime spree was arrested for the 77th time after stealing a $30 box of Starburst from the Addison Red Line Station.

Bowens, who is often seen selling candy on the streets of our neighborhood, was charged with felony theft in the Starbucks case because his lengthy criminal record includes a burglary conviction.

Of the 77 arrests, Bowens has been convicted 16 times for everything from the aforementioned burglary to trespassing and theft.

At any rate, Bowens, whose address of record is a Department of Corrections facility in the 100 block of N. Campbell, is back in our neighborhood. He was seen wandering the 3300 block of N. Halsted just after 4 o’clock this morning.

Does anybody care to set the over/under on when he will achieve his 78th arrest?


  1. California had a three strikes your out when I lived there. Always thought it was too harsh. But a 75 times your out sounds very reasonable.

    1. It is not his fault he was arrested 77 times and convicted 16. It is society and the system. They made him commit those crimes. LOL.

      Scary thing is, he was arrest 77 times. How many times did he get away with whatever he was doing?

      I have always thought three strikes (for non-violent crimes) could be too harsh also. But come on 16 convictions. At some point a judge has to say, okay, enough, you getting 10, 20, ... years. Please, someone put this guy away for a long time.

  2. I think the system is more to blame. Crime is committed in such huge numbers here because criminals
    know there will be no punishment or repercussions for their actions.

  3. I saw this fool last Saturday trying to sell candy bars for his "football" team in the lobby of Walmart at Broadway and Surf. I was hipped to this scam a long time ago and I looked him like, "boy please you are too old to be in anybodies high school."