Tuesday, August 15, 2017

On Parole For Lincoln Park Burglary, Man's Arrested Again...For Burglary!

Last May, he was sentenced to two years in prison for burglarizing a home in Lincoln Park.

Walker. Again. | Cook County Sheriff
But 23-year-old James E. Walker was paroled in April after serving less than one year—and NOW he’s charged with burglary again!

Last Tuesday afternoon, two Uptown men saw Walker force open a window to gain access to an apartment in the 5000 block of North Glenwood, police said. Cops arrived on-scene just as Walker was leaving.

Walker was arrested after a short foot chase and police said they found two MacBooks in his backpack—including one that was allegedly taken from the apartment on Glenwood.

Cops say Walker told them that he took the laptops so he could sell them, asking “How else would I eat?”

A judge set his bail at $50,000.

In April of last year, Walker was charged with burglary after an undercover Chicago police unit caught him leaving the scene of a Lincoln Park break-in, court records say.

Officers who stopped Walker for a field interview found property that they traced to a home in the 2600 block of N. Wayne, where a forcible-entry burglary had taken place, prosecutors said.

Walker was carrying a Dell laptop, a Samsung phone, Oontz wireless speakers, an iPod, and credit cards in another man’s name, cops say.

He quickly pleaded guilty to a downgraded theft charge and was given a two-year sentence. But, since Illinois is a “criminal-friendly” state,  Walker was set free after serving less than a year at the Centralia Correctional Center.

More Break-ins

Another handful of burglaries have been reported since our update this weekend:
• The 3600 block of North Greenview around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
• Two apartments in the 1500 block of West George around 10 p.m. on Sunday
• An apartment in the 1300 block of West Barry was found burglarized at 11:10 p.m. on Saturday. 
The burglars used force to enter all four properties, a source said.

Edgewater Burglary Alert

Detectives yesterday issued a community alert for the Edgewater neighborhood.  At least four break-ins have been reported in a concentrated area there since August 4. No offender description was offered in the warning.

The thieves have entered homes through doors or windows in the morning and afternoon hours, police said.

Detectives mentioned four specific cases:
• In the 1100 block of W. Balmoral on August 4, 2017, 9am-5:30pm
• In the 1000 block of W. Foster from August 6-8, 2017 8am-11am
• In the 5200 block of N. Winthrop on August 11, 2017 11:30am-4:35pm
• In the 5500 block of N. Broadway on August 11, 2017 9am-3:30pm
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  1. All the time these criminals don't mind the short jail time they get food. Untill we lock pricks like this up with 3 strikes laws this will never end. And removing our police just bed it better for criminals. They no longer work their areas no profit. They come to this area where we have little or no police and the victims have laptops cell phones cash credit cards jewelry thank Rahm for removing police from this neighborhood, idiot

  2. Hey Coolio -
    How else would you eat.......?
    Completely understand.
    Ask somebody to Google 'job' for you, and take a few hours to explain it.
    Antisocial moron.

  3. "How else would I eat?"
    Maybe a job you waste of life.
    ...and the door revolves...

  4. OMG, no! My first guess was that he would next be caught with his hand in a taxpayer funded cookie jar working for the City of Chicago or being restorative justice'd by The Center On Halsted. This is almost unbelievable.

  5. Try getting a job if you want to eat or better yet starve to death.

  6. Walker will walk on this crime just like he did in the past. Less than a year is no time at all plus he won't have to worry about food or housing or medical the taxpayers will pay the bill.

  7. as walker said he wants food, In prison they have clean clothes food 3 times a day and a place to sleep out of the rain and cold and drugs and sex. It could not get any better than that. He is begging to stay in jail to be fed

  8. Looks like a new batch of criminals have just hatched in Edgewater. Bless those little darlings! As the world turns!

  9. Where does this end? Don't get me wrong I love this city but at what point is it even worth living here anymore.

    1. ummm...like 10 years ago when Lakeview's crime first started to soar, and the community response was candle-light vigils against police brutality toward gays (of which there was virtually none), and voting in further and further left leaning Dems.