Monday, December 22, 2014

BEST YEAR EVER: Whopping $50,000 Bail For Convenience Store Thief; Charges Dropped When Store Fails To Appear In Court

Dunbar after his arrest in Boystown on December 12.
(Cook County Sheriff's Office)
UPDATE 2:03PM—CWB has reviewed a copy of the court date information that a 7-Eleven manager says the store was provided.  The court date on that paper is in January. However, the case number and time of occurrence on the sheet provided by 7-Eleven do not match the Dunbar allegation.
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We don't usually look into retail theft cases, but when we saw bail set at a whopping $50,000 for a Boystown shoplifting arrestee, we had to dig deeper. Meet Darnell Dunbar.

An employee of the 7-Eleven store at Halsted and Roscoe was pursuing Dunbar up Halsted Street around 1 o'clock on the afternoon of December 12 when they flagged down a passing patrol car.

Dunbar was arrested, charged with shoplifting, and sent to jail in lieu of the almost unheard of $50,000 bail.

Why $50,000 bail for a simple shoplifting? We took a look into Dunbar's past performance:

• His Cook County Criminal Court record has more than 60 entries under the names Darnell Dunbar, Darnell Dunbar Jr., Kevin Dunbar,  Dashal Dunbar, Deon Price, Danzal Beacon, Dannzal Ebacon, and Dashell Micheal. He has also given police at least seven different birth dates.

• He's been on parole since July after serving about 3 years of a 6-year sentence for robbery. He previously served 4 years for another robbery and two 4-year sentences for narcotics—once in 2002 and again in 2005.

• Remarkably, five of Cook County's notoriously-lenient judges have actually sentenced him to serious prison sentences for simple shoplifting in the past—1 year, 13 months, 18 months, 2 years, and 30 months.

It looks like 7-Eleven is his lucky, number though. All charges in the December 12 case were dropped on Friday because, court records say, the store failed to show up in court.
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17 comments:

  1. Hopefully every thief goes to this 7-Eleven to fill their pockets. And shame on any of the rest of us for stopping there to spend our hard earned money.

    If we had any true media left, a reporter would hound this 7-Eleven to see what was more important than putting a stop to this thug.

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    1. Exactly. If Jewel's an option, go for it. If another 7-Eleven is an option, spend your money there.

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    2. But let 7-Eleven know WHY you will not be spending your money there. I never go there, but to those who do, talk to a manger and let them have it! They need to know that they contribute to the delinquency and danger in the neighborhood.
      Just sickening to know that this thief could have been put away for a long time all but for the irresponsibility of the powers that be at 7-Eleven. Who, exactly, would have had to show up?

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    3. The person who witnessed the theft and signed the complaint. Don't be so quick to judge him, though. I signed a complaint and never was contacted by the State's Atty as to a court date. They are so incompetent.

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  2. It is SCARY what has happened to boystown. As a visitor, it just simply was safer ... and minimally "felt" safer. I always have a good time. Love the community, the residents, the visitors ... everything. So many muggings, strong-arm robberies, thieves, etc. It is a shame. I honestly do not feel safe visiting; that is not cowardice. It is less safer.

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  3. I'm shocked by this. I know the owner there (unless it's changed in the past year or so) and he definitely seems involved in the community and his store. I can't imagine it is any benefit to him to not show up, if anything, it would be bad for insurance and what not as well, I'd think.

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    1. can you talk to him and ask him why no one showed up?

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  4. The insurance company covering this loser store should be made aware of this issue and race the idiot's rates sky-high. Morons like this owner and the individuals that don't file a complaint are as big of a problem as the thugs themselves. It's a shame the community won't act to take back the neighborhood, they'll keep shopping at this 7-Eleven and voting for Twinkletoes Tunney.

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  5. Is the owner related to the Dunkin Donut woman? They seem to have fallen out of the same pod.

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  6. What are the odds this offender will be back to this 7-11? What a profile in (no) courage, refusing to sign a complaint/not showing up in court. Next time D.D. comes around, just call your friends instead.

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  7. Nice mug shot. Looks like a stellar citizen. Okay if I cross the other side of the street if I see him coming toward me?

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    1. don't j-walk. you will get a ticket. criminal justice today is meted out by ability to pay. career criminals don't have two nickels to rub. don't care and county cant afford to house and feed them.

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    2. "criminal justice today is meted out by ability to pay"

      I completely agree with this comment. Look no further than the red-light camera scam! Seems if justice involves arresting someone, putting them in jail, court, aka money to be spent on the criminal….they get a slap on the wrist.

      But let’s fine the hell out of Joe tax-payer because he goes thru a (shortened) yellow light, which instantly turns to red? You bet! I love the city but I am growing weary of all the crime and BS fees and fines.

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  8. I want to vomit every time I read the updates on this story and have to see his fugly entitled looking mug. I want an explanation of why 7-11 management did not show up so this asshole could be prosecuted.

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  9. They rarely do. The huge Target, on Elston, never shows up to court. Most of the big chain stores don't bother.

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  10. Know the facts. I spoke with the owner and what happened is this...original court date was in February, but due to high bail his prelim was moved up, and owner was not notified. It's so easy to blame people for things when all the facts aren't known.

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    1. Read the first sentence.

      Also, ask the owner why the store did not attend court for other shoplifting cases over the past two years.

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