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.