Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lincoln Park HS Grad Found With "Treasure Trove" Of Robbery Proceeds — At Least 7 Separate Mugging Victims

Investigators found a “treasure trove” of property belonging to at least seven separate robbery victims when they searched two backpacks being carried by recent Lincoln Park High School graduate Bryce McGill early Friday.

McGill | Chicago Police Dept.
McGill was arrested outside of Wrigley Field after police recognized him as a robbery suspect who had been profiled in an internal police alert.

A custodial search turned up two wallets; three sets of keys; four cell phones; a MacBook; three Ventra cards; a watch; two credit cards; and—oddly enough—an electrical ballast.

Prosecutors Saturday charged McGill with five felony counts of robbery, one felony count of robbery while indicating the presence of a firearm, and one count each of reckless conduct, resisting police, and theft of lost or mislaid property.

Police have linked recovered property with four robbery cases that McGill is now charged with:

• A MacBook taken after a man was beaten and kicked in the head in the 2400 block of North Orchard at 11:50 p.m. on July 5.

• A Ventra card taken from a man who was beaten up and robbed while the offenders claimed to have a firearm in the 700 block of West Briar at 1:05 a.m. on July 6.

• A phone and Ventra card taken from a woman who was battered in the 500 block of West Briar around 1:50 a.m. on July 9.

• An iPhone taken from a a 24-year-old woman who was punched in the face in the 600 block of West Oakdale at 11:55 p.m. on Friday.

A fifth robbery victim, mugged in the 800 block of West Fullerton at 1:56 a.m. on July 6, identified McGill in a photo lineup, according to court records.

Investigators have also determined that property recovered from McGill’s backpacks were taken in a robbery at 5:24 a.m. on July 2 in the 800 block of West Webster and another, unspecified incident that happened shortly before he was arrested, a source said. Charges in these two cases and others may be sought later.

McGill’s lawyer told Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas on Saturday that the 18-year-old had received a “full ride” to the University of North Carolina—only to have the school deny any knowledge of the LPHS basketball star.

Chiampas set bail at $150,000, and McGill is now free after someone posted 10% of that on his behalf. He (and his attorney) are due back in court on Friday. Chiampas instructed McGill's family to produce proof of his scholarship at that time.

All of the known cases connected to McGill involved two offenders. Police have yet to announce the second arrest.
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  1. How many victims do we NOT know about this POS is responsible for?!

  2. AND he's involved with how many violent robberies and is only faced with 150K bond?! He's not only at risk for flight - he's at risk for robbing more people!

  3. I am eagerly awaiting your report from court this Friday... Curious if that "free ride to UNC" bit was a lie that backfired...

  4. I wonder what McGill's mother and/or father has to say about this.
    Seems like they should be punished too.

  5. "McGill’s lawyer told Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas on Saturday that the 18-year-old had received a “full ride” to the University of North Carolina—only to have the school deny any knowledge of the LPHS basketball star."

    Is it legal for an attorney to knowingly lie to a judge? Well, it appears the judge is as ignorant as the lawyer. A violent offender involved in multiple robberies, shouldn't have the luxury of bail.

  6. And his claim of a full ride scholarship turns out to be a lie? LOL.

    Throw the book at this piece of shit.

  7. I wonder if UNC Chapel Hill can sue McGill for lying about admission and therefore hurting their reputation.

  8. My understanding is that McGill lives on the West side somewhere. Did he commute to LPHS every day?

  9. So THIS is the bum who stole my electrical ballast!

  10. Him and his entire family's moral compass is wildly broken. I bet before this 5 < robbery's he was stealing and beating people all the time and they didn't put a belt to his ass. He has no feelings for other humans even women, looks like a long life of prison for this young man.

  11. Another stellar success story for CPS. Definitely worth another cost of living raise that they'll eventually spend in Florida.

  12. Great work by CPD. Let's hope the victims participate in the criminal proceedings and sign complaints so this scholar can spend his time cogitating while incarcerated.

  13. I'd say his family must be proud, but sadly, they probably look right past this behavior.

  14. And Rahm wants them to have a plan...

  15. I heard this kid is "connected?clouted". Anyone knows if there is any truth to that?

  16. No UNC scholarship. But just earned a full ride downstate!! Gotta love it when an idiot gets caught red handed.

  17. Proving once again that you can't fix stupid but you can give it a court date.

  18. CWB, is there any update on this guy? Wondering if his attorney knew he didn't have s full ride and if he (the attorney) paid a price for lying. Also, what is happening to the little
    scholar/athlete/criminal? This story just infuriates me.