Wednesday, February 11, 2015

CARD-CARRYING MEMBERS: Man Charged With Using Bar-Goer's Credit Card At Boystown 7-Eleven

Members (Cook Co Sheriff's Dept)
A man arrested while allegedly trying to use a credit card stolen from a woman at Roscoe's Tavern to make hundreds of dollars worth of purchases at a Boystown convenience store this weekend was suspected of trying to pickpocket another woman at an Old Town bar last May.

Jimmy Members, 48, of Gage Park is charged with one count of theft of lost or mislaid property after police say they saw him drop stolen credit cards on the floor when they confronted him inside the 7-Eleven at Roscoe and Halsted around 2:40AM Saturday.

Officers went to the store after the alleged pickpocketing victim was alerted to her card being used as she reported the theft to other cops.

Members had "a bundle of [cash] totaling $570 in his inner coat pocket that he could not account for" at the time of his arrest, police said. Also inventoried by arresting officers were four drivers licenses—one from Texas, one from South Carolina, and two from Illinois—plus Visa cards issued by Wells Fargo, Chase, BAO, and EflexGroup; and a Target credit card. Police were unable to immediately contact owners of the other cards.

Last May, Members was charged with simple battery after allegedly striking a woman who tried to take his picture after she felt someone's hand in her purse at Old Town Ale House, 219 W. North Ave, at 2:45AM. The victim in that case found her wallet in the bar's doorway after Members exited, but theft charges could not be filed because the victim was unable to "positively state" that Members took it.

Charges were dropped in the Old Town case when the victim failed to show up in court.

Members made headlines in 2011 after striking and killing a tourist near Millennium Park while driving under the influence. Charged with DUI, reckless homicide with a motor vehicle, and aggravated DUI involving a death, Members was convicted only of driving with a blood alcohol content of .16. He received a sentence of 10 months probation and community service.
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24 comments:

  1. WHOA. Read the last part of that excellent CWB news story: "Members made headlines in 2011 after striking and killing a tourist near Millennium Park while driving under the influence. Charged with DUI, reckless homicide with a motor vehicle, and aggravated DUI involving a death, Members was convicted only of driving with a blood alcohol content of .16. He received a sentence of 10 months probation and community service."

    That right there is quite quite disturbing. Someone LOST THEIR FUCKING LIFE because of this moron, yet here he is, out with barely a slap on the wrist, thugging his way in my neighborhood now? This goes to show the crux of the problem: lame-ass sentences, lame-ass judges who hand down lame-ass decrees and then MOLLYCODDLE so the thugs can be back on the streets! Wow, I feel so much safer now, knowing this bit of data. It also makes me wonder, as I prepare to walk down Halsted from my home near Addison to a restaurant near Roscoe, how many of these same types of thugs I will pass by. Good God almighty, this is an OUTRAGE.

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    1. Agree.
      Except for the part about "someone losing their life because of this moron."
      More like "This moron used a car to murdered somebody."
      And he got 10 months of probation? Probation for murder? WTF!!!
      If he'd have gotten 10 months of cleaning public toilets with his tongue, it would have been way too little.

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    2. If you still walk on Halsted from Addison to Roscoe you have more guts than me.

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  2. Are we supposed to feel complimented that so many of these people feel comfortable enough to hang out in our neighborhoods to commit crime?

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  3. How is this guy not in prison for life? This is INSANE.

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  4. Can we get the judges name on that DUI (lack of) sentence?

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    1. I believe the case went to a jury trial.

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  5. I was busted for drunk driving in Michigan in spring 2010. It was in a rural community with no people around, I did not crash the car, and I passed all the field sobriety tests. However, my blood alcohol level was similar to Mr. Members's, so I was rightfully arrested, spent a night in jail, and went to court a few months later. That's the only time I've ever been arrested for anything and I was given six months probation (later shortened to three), a bunch of fines, community service, and the state of Illinois revoked - not suspended - my driver's license.

    And this guy KILLS someone and gets off with 10 months?? And considering what I read above about his behavior, I wouldn't be surprised if it's not the first time he had been arrested, either.

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  6. Wow. He killed a tourist near Millennium Park on DUI, and got off.

    Who was his lawyer? Just curious.

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  7. I did more time for DUI'S and they never involved an accident let alone a death(Thanks goodness). This guy should have gotten a long sentence. Drinking and driving is stupid.

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  8. Crime In BoystownFeb 12, 2015, 9:27:00 AM

    I believe the case went to a jury trial.

    The JUDGE is the one who sets the sentence NOT the jury....................FYI

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    1. The judge cannot sentence a man for crimes that he is not convicted of.

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  9. He lives in gage park on the far south side. What's he doing hanging out in boystown on the north side?

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    1. It's a free world. He can come here to Boystown to thug and mug and drive drunk, just like he can go to Wicker Park or Evanston or Nova Scotia or whatever and everything. I just don't want this thug coming into anywhere in zip code 60657. I know! I know! Let's send this to Tunney and ask him why he isn't doing anything about it!!!

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  10. My guess is our lovely state's attny. blew the the DUI homicide case. It should have been a slam-dunk.

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  11. It's seems nonsensical until you understand what's actually going on. DUI laws and propaganda are a means to turn law-abiding citizens into profit centers for the state and its affiliated organizations (i.e., MADD). They can instantly be turned into "criminals" paying gigantic fines and legal fees, and then instantly turned back into law-abiding citizens paying hefty taxes. Of course, when the offenders are real criminals, as was the case here, the state has very little interest in them - they simply are not profitable.

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    1. Very interesting point...and I agree. The more I read this wonderful blog, I agree even more. Seems Chicago's policing strategy has more to do with profits and less with keeping criminals off the streets. Hiring more cops and locking up bad guys costs money....but red light cameras and thousands of dollars in DUI fines & lawyer fees....cha-ching! (Of course I'm not saying that drinking and driving is acceptable under any situation.)

      So this miscreant drinks and drives and KILLS someone.....and gets off with barely a slap on the wrist. Thanks to CWB, this is the first I ever heard of this sad story. Why didn't the media pick this up and run with it? Oh...that's right....because no one in the media dares point out what's obvious to most of us.

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    2. Absolutely correct. Its about money. In cook county when a driver is cited with a DUI the driver must first get a drug and alcohol evaluation which costs several hundred dollars.The only evaluations that are accepted are from a company called Central State's Institute. Can anyone guess who owns Central State's Institute? I believe Catholic Charities owns the company. CSI also monitors many of the cases after sentencing. Thus, the Catholic Church is given an advantage in collecting some of the money defendant's pay to comply with their court orders. As long as there is money being collected, our leaders have made sure that the Church gets a piece of the action too. It's unbelievable.

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    3. When I was caught in Michigan, I had to pay for a drug and alcohol evaluation, which was 15 minutes of a counselor asking me how much I drank, how often, and if I had any friends to hang out with.

      Then I had to go to an "alcohol awareness class" at a methadone clinic in Uptown. Paid $200 to attend four Saturday classes. Each class consisted of a half dozen of us gathering in the corridor near the rear door to the clinic. The "teacher" wheeled out a TV and VCR combo and every week, we watched the same two videos. The first was a reality TV show about a couple going into rehab in the Caribbean...the point of the show was to see which person gave in and drank and let their whole family down. The second was a TV documentary about a teen girl who was killed by a drunk driver. The driver was only shown for a minute at his sentencing...the rest of the video was sad Oprah piano music and relatives talking about how the dead girl was an angel in Heaven and that God decided to take her because she was too precious for this world and how they hoped the drunk driver would burn in Hell forever.

      At least they didn't force me to go to AA.

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  12. Yes its nauseating how the courts deal with DUIs and I am not at all surprised at the circumstances of the case described. Just visit the court rooms where violations on DUI sentences are heard at the Daley Center and you will see how judges could care less that defendant's violate every condition of a sentence . Not only do they not put them in jail, they don't even revoke supervisions and enter convictions which in turn would hold up their driver's licenses until the secretary of state deems them worthy of reinstating a license. Driving is supposed to be a privilege in this state. In the Circuit Court of Cook County, however, apparently the judges perceive it as a RIGHT!

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  13. Texas man sentenced to two life terms after 10th DUI.

    A Texas jury convicted the 64-year-old of his 10th drunk driving offense along with a retaliation charge for threatening to harm the arresting officer and his family. They gave him two life sentences.

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  14. After reading the Illinois statutes, I have to ask why wasn't this guy charged with any felonies? Theft of lost property is a misdemeanor. He was said to have used a stolen credit card to make a purchase. That's a felony. Police observed him drop stolen credit "cards" on the floor. Depending on the number of cards, that's a felony too. Either the police did not do their job, or the state's attorney's office didn't do their job.

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