RETURN TO SENDER: On Parole For 16 Days, Man’s Accused Of Breaking Into Home While Woman Showered

A career criminal who has been sentenced to a combined 97 years in prison since 1976 is back in jail, accused of breaking into a Lake View home on Thursday morning. Robert German, 59, had been released on parole 16 days earlier.

German (Cook County Sheriff’s Dept)

Police responded to the 3900 block of Janssen at 9:30AM after a woman reported that she heard glass break while she was taking a shower and she saw broken glass when she looked out of her bathroom door. The woman fled onto the street, wrapped in a bath towel.

Officers scoured the area in search of a suspect who was seen by multiple witnesses: a black man wearing a white t-shirt with the image of a hot dog on the front. They soon found German walking slowly in the alley behind the 1400 block of Byron.

A resident of the 3800 block of Greenview also signed a complaint against German for trespassing.

Bail has been set at $100,000.

Time After Time

German, a Black Souls gang member, has been sentenced to a combined 97 years in prison over the past 39 years:

July 1976 – 6 years for burglary
July 1976 – Another 6 years for burglary
July 1976 – Another 3 years for burglary
September 1976 – 6 years for burglary
December 1981 – 5 years for burglary
June 1983 – 6 years for burglary
June 1986 – 8 years for burglary
July 1990 – 8 years for burglary
July 1990 – Another 8 years for burglary
April 1994 – 30 years for burglary
April 2009 – 9 years for burglary

…and, just to mix things up a bit, he received a 2-year sentence for shoplifting in 2014.

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