Whoops! Wicker Park burglar left his cellphone in sufferer’s residence, prosecutors say


Joshua Harris | CPD

Housebreaking is a reasonably straight-forward idea. Go someplace you don’t belong and take one thing worthwhile. As a rule, housebreaking mustn’t contain leaving one thing worthwhile behind— like a cellphone that has an image of your face because the lock display screen picture.

However prosecutors say that’s precisely what three-time convicted burglar Joshua Harris did in Wicker Park on Saturday.

It began round 2 o’clock when the entrance door intercom rang in a resident’s residence on the 1600 block of North Paulina. A male voice mentioned they had been searching for “Ray,” the resident recalled. Then, they heard the door buzz and the decision dropped off.

Minutes later, two different constructing residents had been of their bed room after they heard footsteps. One in all them seemed out and allegedly noticed Harris rifling by a handbag on their sofa.

Startled to see somebody within the residence, Harris bolted out the door and the sufferer ran after him, prosecutors mentioned. Outdoors, the resident flagged down a passing automobile and climbed in. In keeping with prosecutors, the motive force picked continued the pursuit till Harris, age 27, bumped into a close-by resort.

Police detained Harris on the resort’s seventh ground a couple of minutes later.

That’s when the second roommate confirmed up carrying a cellphone that, towards all odds, had an image of Harris as its lock display screen picture, in accordance with prosecutors. The burglar had dropped the darn factor of their residence, the lady informed police.

She additionally informed officers that $50 was lacking from the purse that was on her sofa, however the cash was by no means discovered.

Prosecutors mentioned Harris was convicted of housebreaking and two counts of residential housebreaking in 2017. He obtained concurrent sentences for the three convictions. He has three extra convictions for felony theft and ten misdemeanor convictions, in accordance with the state’s allegations.

On Sunday, Harris was once more charged with residential housebreaking. Choose Charles Seaside set bail at $15,000 and ordered him to go onto digital monitoring if he can publish a $1,500 deposit bond to get out of jail.

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