Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Man who has terrible luck with wallets and doorknobs is in trouble again (It's the wallets thing this time.)

Jeffrey White | CPD
A man who has terrible luck with wallets and doorknobs had more terrible luck with wallets last week. Jeffrey D. White, 35, was arrested early last Wednesday in the Viagra Triangle.

Patrol officers intervened as a woman confronted White in the 1000 block of North State about stealing her wallet from a nearby bar around 3:30 a.m. last Wednesday. White told police that he would empty his pockets to prove that he didn’t have the woman’s wallet. Indeed, he did not have it.

Unfortunately for White, another patron showed police cellphone video in which White was shown taking the 28-year-old woman’s wallet from her purse. The wallet was never found, but White was arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft.

Judge Mary Marubio released him on a recognizance bond.

Long-time CWBChicago readers may remember White’s other pending criminal case.

Around 6:30 a.m. on June 8th, 2017, several residents reported seeing a man going house to house, checking doorknobs on the 1200 block of West Newport in Lakeview. Arriving officers stopped White for an interview.

As they spoke with him, a woman emerged from a nearby home. She said she had just chased White from her apartment after he tried to open her bedroom door, police said. He had apparently climbed through the woman’s front window according to prosecutors.

White allegedly gave cops a fake name. Officers discovered the name discrepancy when another resident walked up and handed them a wallet that she found on top of her porch. It belonged to White and contained his identifications.

A grand jury returned a true bill against White charging him with felony criminal trespass to a residence with persons present. The case continues to drag on in court more than two years after the alleged crime.

Prosecutors last week filed a violation of bail bond against White after he was charged with the Viagra Triangle case. Judge Michael Hood decided to release him on another recognizance bond.

White has had a couple of other incidents that strike some familiar tones.

On Valentine’s Day 2017, he was arrested and charged with theft after a 28-year-old woman said he stole a small clutch from her purse at Boss Bar, 420 North Clark. Bar security guards, tipped off by a man who saw the alleged theft, found White in the bathroom with two clutch purses in a garbage can directly next to him. Police said the victim identified the handbags as her property. The charges were later dropped because the woman did not appear in court.

In 2014, White was accused of going house-to-house, checking doorknobs on the 3100 block of Kenmore in Lakeview. Arriving officers said they saw him climb over the fence of a home where one of the 911 callers lived. White eventually pleaded guilty to reckless conduction and was sentenced to a year of court supervision.
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