Friday, September 18, 2015

HOWARD STOP: Cops Track Lakeview Burglar For 5 Miles, Bust Him

Marshall J. Howard probably thought that he got away with stealing a phone and wallet from an occupied home in Lakeview on Wednesday afternoon. He was mistaken.

A homeowner in the 2900 block of N. Burling told police that he had encountered a burglar in his house and the intruder escaped by jumping out a window around 1PM.

Given only the vaguest of descriptions—a man of unknown race in a white long-sleeve shirt that has some blue on the sleeves—cops had little to go on. Except the pings coming from the victim’s stolen cell phone.

Cops tracking the phone quickly realized that it was on a westbound Brown Line train, which they caught up with at the Kimball terminal about 20 minutes after the burglary.

There, they stopped Marshall Howard, 50, who was wearing a white shirt with blue on the sleeves. When the Lincoln Park victim called his missing phone, cops say, a phone in Howard’s possession rang.

Howard was arrested and is now charged with burglary. Bail is set at $125,000.

Nicely done, officers.

Image: Howard's intake photo from the Cook County Sheriff's Office
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14 comments:

  1. Your site needs a "like" button! Great job CPD! Just imagine what else we could do to fight and even prevent crime if we had more cops!

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  2. Thank you, CPD!

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  3. Shhhh, don't let these morons know this, but big brother can track you when you leave the phone on after you steal it.... LOLOLOLOLOL Darwin is calling.

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  4. Wow! More police. That would be something like a fairy tale - like the book the mayor reads to us telling the great unwashed that crime is down.

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  5. If I caught him in my house they could just follow the blood trail.

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  6. I think the 2900 block of Burling is technically Lake View, not LP.

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  7. The Police rock ! We just need about 100 or so more Officers. Rahm tell Gary to send more cops..

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  8. Look at the guy's mug shot, he looks like someone who will lecture you about anything and everything all the time. He may want to tone it own in jail..

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    1. Maybe he's thinking how he's 50 years old and still has to burglarize homes to make a living. If I were to guess, based on his expression, he's thinking, "Yep, here we go again."

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    2. He's thinking about having to meet up with Big Bubba again in the clink and was truly remorseful at the time of this photo opp.

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  9. 2900 block of north Burling. Nice quiet one way street. Lots of dog walkers. Great block party every year. The alderman brings a bushel of peaches to the party every year. Oh, this year he did not show up. He must have had a photo opportunity or a ribbon cutting some where else. We miss you Tom. You always get a shovel and clear the curb the first time they sweep the street every year, then we don't see you until the following year, but we still vote for you. WHY ?

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  10. I would love to ask the victim how he got the Police to actually work this properly?

    I thought the response at 911 is now "Is the robber still there? No? If the robber is no longer in your home, you'll just need to file a police report online." End of story.

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  11. This guy has a doofus expression on his face. Outstanding citizen! DOH. What a nimrod.

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