Parolee Arrested On Mag Mile With Home Monitoring System Plugged Into Car Charger

Kentreal Brisco was arrested outside of the former Hancock Building on Sunday evening. | CPD; Google

A twice-convicted felon who’s on parole was arrested on the Magnificent Mile this weekend with his home electronic monitoring system plugged into his car’s charger outlet, police said.

Kentreal Brisco allegedly had a 27-year-old man’s stolen cell phone with him and he was demanding $500 cash to give it back, according to police. The victim pointed cops to Brisco sitting in a car in the 800 block of North Michigan around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Police took it from there.

A BI HomeGuard 206DS like the one Brisco allegedly had in his car. 

Cops say they found the victim’s iPhone on the passenger seat of Brisco’s car. They then learned that Brisco had an ankle bracelet and was on electronic home monitoring as part of his parole agreement—but the home monitoring system was plugged into his car’s power outlet, according to court records. Brisco lives in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side.

Police notified the Illinois Department of Corrections which issued a warrant for Brisco’s return to prison, according to court records. As of this evening, Brisco is still in Cook County Jail, held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Brisco, 23, is charged with theft of lost or mislaid property in the phone caper. Police say he is a documented member of the Gangster Disciples street gang.

State records show that he was paroled on January 5 after serving half of a two-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm. In 2014, he was sentenced to a four-year term for aggravated robbery. His parole in that case is scheduled to end on April 8th.

The monitoring system that police say they recovered from Brisco’s car, the BI HomeGuard 206 DS, came under scrutiny in Colorado in 2013.

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