Tuesday, September 09, 2014

STICKY FINGERS: Meet Recent Burglary, Theft Arrestees

Anthony E. Knight (Cook Co. Sheriff's Office)
Anthony E. Knight, 56, allegedly stole a phone charger and $2 cash from the pockets of a man sleeping in Wrigleyville around 5:30PM last Tuesday. And when the 44-year-old victim woke up, court records say, Knight punched him in the face.

That’s when things went south for Anthony E. Knight.

Police say the victim, “fearing for his safety reached for a wooden club” and whacked Knight in the head. Knight’s charged with theft and battery in CPD case HX412850.

His Cook County Criminal Court record boasts a whopping 78 entries under his own name as well as aliases such as Anthony Cannon, Bruce Harper, Anthony King, Donald Anderson, and Don Macreet. He lists a shelter in the 1400 block of S. Canal as his home address.

Arrested Twice For Burglary In A Month

Kenneth King. (Cook Co. Sheriff's Office)
When Kenneth King was arrested by officers who suspected him of burglarizing a home in the 900 block of George on August 21, he was awaiting trial for another burglary matter in Boystown.

King, 35, is charged with theft in the George incident. Bail is set at $20,000.

One month before the George incident, King was charged with possession of burglary tools, criminal damage to property, and criminal trespassing after a resident accused him of using a pry bar to pop open doors in the 800 and 900 blocks of Cornelia. Cops caught up with King in the alley at 815 Cornelia and say they found him in possession of a crowbar and two screwdrivers.

A few days after King’s arrest on George Street, Cook County Judge Anthony Calabrese ordered the crowbar and screwdrivers to be destroyed in exchange for dropping the July burglary tools charge against King. The criminal damage and trespassing charges remain.

Grandpa? 60-year-old Stealing Bike Wheels, Cops Say

19th district cops saw a guy tampering with a bicycle as they drove up the 3500 block of Sheffield late last month. They popped a u-ey and saw 60-year-old Arnaldo Acosta walking away with the bike’s wheels, according to court records.

Also in Acosta’s possession, according to the cops: a lock cutter, several pairs of pliers, wrenches, and screwdrivers. He's charged with theft and possession of burglary tools.

Acosta's Cook County Criminal Court record has 31 entries under aliases such as Arnodo Acosta, Armalda Acosta, Armondo Acosta, Armondo Angulo, Arnoldo Cardenas, Raul Martin, Roberto Perez, and Rynaldo Castillo.

Among the items in his file: Serving 6 years for a 2004 burglary; serving one day for possessing burglary tools in 2010; and only paying court costs for burglary tool possession after Judge Anthony Calabrese ordered his bolt cutters destroyed in 2012.

His address? A shelter in the 1400 block of S. Canal.

No BS. I Stole The GPS

When a 911 caller reported two guys “running a scam” at Belmont and Sheffield shortly after midnight on August 28, officers responded and quickly found two men who matched the caller’s descriptions. One of those men was Aaron M. Brown, a 23-year-old self-admitted Gangster Disciple, according to court records.

Brown allowed the officers to conduct a protective pat down, during which a crowbar, screwdriver, and Garmin GPS navigation unit were found in his backpack. Where did the GPS come from? “I’m not gonna lie,” Brown allegedly told the officers, "That isn’t mine. I swiped it from a car.”

Brown was charged with possessing burglary tools and theft of lost or mislaid property.

Judge Anthony Calabrese ordered the burglary tools destroyed and that charge was dropped. Brown then pleaded guilty to the theft charge, received a 2-day sentence, and then a 2-day credit for time served.

He lists Lakeview Lutheran Church, located directly across from the 19th district police station, as his home address. Included on his rap sheet: three years probation for receiving/possessing stolen property in 2009; and a four year prison sentence for possessing a stolen motor vehicle in 2009.

Cops See Victim's Name Scroll Across Stolen iPod

Early in the morning on August 26, a Lakeview woman called 911 to report two men breaking into cars along Seminary between Oakdale and Wellington. When officers arrived, court records say, they performed a protective pat down on a suspect and found a pink-covered iPod with a power cord attached in the front pocket of 19-year-old Martrell Owens.

Cops say the name of the iPod’s female owner was scrolling across its screen, a circumstance that Mr. Owens had difficulty explaining. Owens is charged with one count of theft of lost or mislaid property. Another one of the individuals stopped was taken in for curfew violation.
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  1. Judge Anthony Calabrese is the same judge who found the drunken skank Asst District Attorney not guilty of resisting arrest despite the video of her behavior.

    1. Partly b/c Tom Tunney was her friend and did not want the store owner to press charges.

  2. 2-day sentence for the theft of an expensive electronic by a career criminal. No wonder criminals are willing to admit to the crime. Practically no repercussions.

  3. ".......Judge Anthony Calabrese ordered the crowbar and screwdrivers to be destroyed....." Seems the only punishment being handed out is to the tools....like these mutts can't find other burglary tools to use?!?! Good Lord.

    It is unreal that these CAREER CRIMINALS barely get a slap on the wrist. No wonder they re-offend over and over and over again. And as we've seen....they get more brazen and their violence tends to increase over time.

    I don't want to move out of the city....but eventually I fear I’ll give up and throw in the towel unless something changes here. Seems we’ve already surrendered certain parts of our neighborhood to gangs: The section of Belmont, and the Lakefront, after dark.

    Not only do we need a mayor and Aldermen who are tough on crime, we need to get rid of all these pansy judges that coddle these worthless pieces of shit that terrorize, and will ultimately destroy our neighborhood once all the good people move away.

    Thank you CWB for all that you do.

    1. Thank you CWB for all that you do.

      ~ ~ ~ ~

      Amen! What you do, work to find and provide is simply invaluable! I appreciate it SO much. God bless you all.

  4. Destruction of burglary tools in exchange for dropping the charges. Thank goodness there are no hardware stores in the city where someone could get another crowbar! Oh, wait.

    When is Calabrese up for a retention vote? He needs to go

    1. I know, what a joke....destruction of burglary tools?? It's not as if he's ordering a one-of-a-kind, dangerous & evil time machine to be destroyed. These are simple, legal items that anyone can buy at (or steal from) the local hardware store.

      What a tool this judge is. Pun intended.

    2. And I seriously doubt that the criminal has the tools on him at the time and that they are destroyed right there in front of the judge. Calabrese makes a mockery of our legal system!

      No wonder the cops feel uninspired to catch these criminals. How insulting to them who actually caught these guys and to us, the taxpayers, who pay for all of this nonsense...for nothing!!

    3. I'm almost sure that branch courts are appointed not voted upon

    4. Incorrect. http://mikebakerlaw.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/a-directory-of-state-judges-in-chicago-2011-edition-the-chicago-council-of-lawyers/

  5. Yeah we need to vote Calabrese out.

  6. Calabrese no doubt wants to save tax payers the expense of housing criminals in jail for their offenses. I suggest we follow his example and save tax payers the excessive salary he earns by voting him out of office.
    Also, how does one destroy a crowbar?

    1. I have destroyed a crowbar. It was a made in china brand and it bent then snapped on a cars chassis.

  7. I have like 6 or 7 old phone chargers he can have and I won't even smack him with a stick.

  8. Judge Calabrese is such a terrible judge, I know of Police Officers to stop going to his courtroom and won't arrest anyone that will go before this judge!

    That is partly the reason the rise in crime!

    It is NOT the police!

    It is this goofy judge that lets everyone go with a tap on the wrist and that stupid wink he gives while on the bench as he is talking!

  9. I think Judge Calabrese belongs behind bars. The first crime I'd charge him with is destroying evidence.

  10. judge calabrese probably lives in a safe, gated community where he doesn't have to deal with thugs on a daily basis. he drives to and from work and parks safely in a building protected by firearms. he has no concept of the real world, it seems, and doesn't care about the consequences of his actions on the public at large.
    what a disgrace!

  11. Thank you CWB for your reporting. Is there an easy way that you can keep a running list of judges who we should consider voting against retaining in November? Would be nice to have a cheat sheet come election day.

    1. Unfortunately we're stuck with this a**hole Calabrese for a while, so expect the criminals to stay on the streets and continue to terrorize us.

      From Judgepedia: Calabrese was reappointed for a term that begins on July 1, 2011 and expires on June 30, 2015.

  12. Let's relocate Calabrese to 1400 S. Canal so that he can spend more time with his friends.

  13. 60 Minutes, 20/20, etc., routinely do exposes on people like this. Why has "judge" Calabrese not been investigated? This is nothing less than scandalous.

  14. just saw this and thought i would share:


  15. I am very impressed with Waguespack and his willingness to speak the truth, not Rahm or McCarthy's party line bs. Very unlike the current Alderman in the 44th ward, which includes the exact areas he mentions (Lakeview, Wrigleyville, and Boystown). I'm going to vote for a change and try to elect someone who will do the same as Waguespack - speak truth to power instead of just toeing the party line, being ineffective, and actively NOT representing your constituents. If you're looking for an alternative candidate to the current incumbent in the 44th ward, please consider Robin Cook. Check out his website and platform at robincook44th.com. He is uniquely qualified for the position and is willing to actually stand up for the residents of this ward, even if it means disagreeing with those in power. He recognizes that the job of Alderman is to represent the residents of the ward, not be a puppet for the Mayor and those in power in this city.

  16. "Judge Anthony Calabrese ordered the burglary tools destroyed and that charge was dropped. Brown then pleaded guilty to the theft charge, received a 2-day sentence, and then a 2-day credit for time served"
    The Judge has a lot to do with this, but I'm guessing the prosecutor didn't protest too loudly.

  17. GPS theft...
    "He lists Lakeview Lutheran Church, located directly across from the 19th district police station, as his home address." This is becoming a habitat for criminals. And Lakeview Lutheran Church is hitting up parishioners and anyone else willing to bite, for funds to expand it's "services". This is ground zero for the Sept 9th post: http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/09/two-faced-alleged-battery-offender.html C'mon, regulate and tax the churches already.