Lakeview: AWOL Burglar Back In Custody After Stealing Lawn Furniture, Cops Say


An accused burglar who skipped bail three years ago is back in custody after being caught stealing lawn furniture, police said.

Anibal Alvarez of Uptown, also known as Fernando Garcia, was arrested last Monday in the 3700 block of North Wilton by cops who recognized him as being wanted in the furniture theft. At the police station, Alvarez allegedly identified himself as the person who was seen on video entering the victim’s yard and hauling away lawn furniture in January.

He is now charged with theft in the case.

Alvarez, 32, also had a warrant out for his arrest. In March 2015, police allegedly caught him walking out of a home in the 1700 block of West Waveland carrying a prybar. He was released on a recognizance bond after being charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.

He skipped a court appearance in May 2015 and had not been heard from since.

Alvarez is being held without bail on the 2015 case and on $5,000 bail for the lawn furniture caper.

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