Near North: Parolee Back In Prison After Cops Catch Him Selling Cups Of Booze On The Street

Linzy (inset) was arrested here, in the first block of West Chicago, police said. | Google; CPD

Oopsie! A twice-convicted robbery offender is back in prison, picked up on a parole violation warrant in River North after cops realized that he was selling individual servings of liquor on the street, according to court records.

Robin Linzy, 24, was arrested near Chicago and Rush after police monitoring a local pod camera reportedly saw him dishing out single-servings of booze from a bottle in his bookbag. A search of Linzy turned up cocaine, pot, and a fake handgun, police say.

But the big reveal came when cops ran Linzy’s name in a criminal database. It turns out he was wanted by the Illinois Department of Corrections for parole violation. Linzy this week returned to Stateville where he will serve out the balance of a six-year sentence he received for a 2014 robbery on the Near North Side.

He is also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor obstruction of identification, discharging a toy firearm, soliciting unlawful business, and possession of cannabis. Police said in their arrest report that Linzy is an admitted Black Disciples street gang member.

Hawkins (inset) was arrested after a robbery victim tracked her phone….to him, police say. | CPD; Google


A South Side woman summoned cops last week after she successfully tracked her stolen phone to an isolated homeless man who was standing near Millenium Park, police said.

The 21-year-old victim told police that her phone had been taken in a robbery at knifepoint earlier last Tuesday and she managed to track it down to Dwayne Hawkins who was standing outside of the Walgreens at 30 North Michigan Avenue. Cops say they confirmed the results of the phone tracking and approached Hawkins for an interview.

Asked if he had a phone, Hawkins allegedly admitted that he did—and a knife, too, he reportedly said. Police searched the 48-year-old and recovered the victim’s phone, a knife, and a wallet that contained a bunch of credit cards issued to a woman named “Wang.”

Hawkins was arrested and has been charged with theft of lost or mislaid property. He was freed on a recognizance bond.

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