THANKS, BAT MAN: Car Break-In, Confrontation With Resident Ends In 5 Year Prison Term

A convicted burglar who was confronted by a baseball bat-wielding citizen who saw him breaking into a car near Clark and Diversey last September has pleaded guilty to theft.

Mack Perry, 50, received a 5 year prison sentence and was ordered to submit a DNA sample.

Last fall, the noise of a late night car break-in awakened a man as he slept in the 2700 block of Orchard. Going outside to investigate, the man saw the contents of a gym bag scattered on the ground near a vehicle and Mack Perry rummaging through a car nearby.

The resident picked up a baseball bat that Perry had discarded and confronted him. A scuffle broke out, leaving Perry with a broken arm, police said at the time.

Perry previously served 3 years in prison for burglary in 1990; 6 years in prison for robbery in 1994; and 3 more years for burglary in 2000.

Image: Perry’s booking photo from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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