Oops! He Did It Again (AND AGAIN): Convicted Flyer Boy Thief Charged With Two More Downtown Vehicle Invasions

Terrell Lewis, also known as Deonte Young, is charged with two more “flyer-boy” cases. | CPD; Google

An Englewood man who pleaded guilty to stealing a phone while posing as a flyer boy in downtown traffic last summer is now charged with doing it again. Twice.

Chicago cops have repeatedly warned drivers about “flyer boy” thefts and robberies in the downtown area. The offenders wander in traffic and on sidewalks with handbills that solicit for often bogus charitable donations. Once windows or doors are open, they snatch phones and other electronics such as GPS devices.

So, about that guy. We first told you about Terrell Lewis last September after he was charged with reaching into a man’s car while handing out Subway sandwich flyers in traffic near Randolph and Michigan.

He pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to 18-months of court supervision by Judge Anthony Calabrese.

Just four months after being handed his sentence, Lewis was up to his old tricks, according to prosecutors.

According to newly-filed charges, on June 19th, he reached into a motorist’s car in the 300 block of North Michigan and stole a phone while—you guessed it—handing out flyers. He wasn’t arrested until last Sunday afternoon, though.

That’s when cops chased him down on Lower Wacker Drive after he allegedly reached into a woman’s car as she waited for a red light in the 200 block of North Michigan. Once again, he was carrying a stack of handbills, police said.

Lewis, 19, has been charged with two felony counts of unlawful vehicular invasion and reckless conduct. Judge Stephanie Miller ordered him held without bail.

Zeb Walls | Chicago Police Dept

Arrested with Lewis on Sunday was 18-year-old Zeb Walls. He is charged with reckless conduct and one count of felony unlawful vehicular invasion for his alleged participation in the Sunday afternoon phone theft. Miller set his bail at $10,000, meaning he can go free by posting a deposit of $1,000.

In January 2017, Lewis was arrested at Madison and Columbus after an off-duty police sergeant reported seeing him and a second man bang on the window of a Toyota and then open the driver’s door and reach inside. The sergeant honked his horn and scared both suspects away before anything was stolen, police said at the time.

Charges of reckless conduct, obstruction of traffic, and soliciting a ride on the roadway were thrown out when a witness failed to appear in court. Lewis, booked under the name Dionte Young, claimed to be 30-years-old.

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