BATTER UP!: Citizen Ruined Car Break-In Spree, Cops Say

Mack Perry (Cook Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Let’s just say things didn’t go as Mack Perry planned.

If this Chicago Police report we’re reading is to be believed, the 48-year-old, thrice-convicted burglar, was on the streets of Lake View around 2:45 Monday morning, breaking into cars. Simple jobs for an old timer.

But things took an unexpected turn.

Police say a man heard a loud banging noise and an alarm sounding outside his home near the 700 block of Diversey.

Outside, he found his car trunk open with baseball bats, balls, and a gym bag on the ground. Steps away, he saw another car had a broken window and an “individual now known as Mack Perry inside….ransacking through the items inside the front and back seats.”

Guess what happened next? The victim “picked up a bat off the ground and waited for the offender to exit the vehicle” at which time a “physical altercation ensued.”

The victim was struck in both legs. Mack Perry wound up with a broken arm.

Next? Foot pursuit! Perry ran to his home in the 700 block of Diversey and tried to get in, but the victim was hot on his trail. At the door to Perry’s apartment building, police say, “another physical altercation ensued. During the altercation, the front glass of the door was broken out.” Perry managed to slip inside the building and gain entry to his apartment, locking the victim out.

Before long, police arrived and extracted Perry from his apartment.

He is charged with two counts of burglary, one count of criminal damage, and one count of battery. Bond is set at $50,000.

Perry has a generous rap sheet, featuring 3 months probation for burglary in 1986; 3 years in prison for burglary in 1990; 6 years in prison for robbery in 1994; and 3 more years for burglary in 2000.

Monday’s incident is recorded in CPD case HX428772.

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