BROWN BAGGED: Local Package Thief Gets 42-Months

Brown being taken into custody…

Wavey Brown, the 44-year-old package thief who got busted in a 19th district Chicago police sting operation, has been shipped off to prison.

On April 7, 2014, tactical officers working in conjunction with UPS security, arranged to have a Macintosh computer delivered to a residential building vestibule near Melrose and Broadway. A tracking device had been hidden inside.

...and arriving in prison.

Police say Brown snatched the computer within minutes of its delivery and they immediately began following the GPS pings, eventually catching Brown after a brief foot chase near Belmont and Lake Shore Drive.

Now, Brown has pleaded guilty to theft and received a 42-month sentence. Offset by time served awaiting resolution of his case and Illinois’ generous early release practices, Brown is expected to be paroled after serving less than four months in prison.

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