Uptown Burglary Victim Decides To Play Detective–And Has Incredible Luck

A 55-year-old Uptown burglary victim decided to do a little detective work of his own last Monday. And he had the darnedest luck.

Nikolovski | Chicago Police Dept

He told police that he decided to swing by the “Just Pawn” store at 4509 North Sheridan to see if he could locate any of his stolen property being offered for sale.

About a block before he reached the pawn shop, the victim saw two men on the street—and one of them, now known to be Nicholas Nikolovski, was carrying his stolen brown tool bag. He confronted the two men and Nikolovski fled, dropping some of the victim’s property on the way, police said.

Cops were able to track Nikolovski down at his home in the 4300 block of North Kenmore—mainly because the victim just happens to be the building’s maintenance man.

Nikolovski is charged with one count of theft of lost or mislaid property.

The Ol’ Stomping Ground

Last year, he was convicted of burglary and sentenced to four years in prison. But Cook County Judge Timothy Chambers cut Jowan Akins a break by letting him go to Cook County “boot camp” instead.

Akins | Chicago Police Dept

Five months later, Akins was freed—out on parole less than seven months after burglarizing a home in the 3300 block of West Cullom in the Albany Park neighborhood.

Last Tuesday, Akins was arrested in Albany Park again shortly after a man confronted him inside of an apartment around 3:30 p.m. The victim told police that his wallet containing two $20-bills was missing from his kitchen table.

Armed with a description of the prowler, cops stopped Akins nearby and the victim was then able to identify him as the intruder, police said.

21-year-old Akins is now charged with one count of felony burglary. His bail is set at $150,000.

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