Convicted thieves strike again in North Center and Lakeview, prosecutors say

Hernandez | CPD

Police say a man who recently completed probation for a 2016 burglary in Lincoln Park broke into an off-duty police officer’s garage in North Center last week and then threatened to shoot the victim.

The off-duty cop allegedly caught 23-year-old Jonathan Hernandez as he tried to steal an equipment bag containing power tools from a garage in the 3600 block of North Bell around 4 p.m. last Tuesday. Prosecutors said that, while waiting for on-duty police to arrive, Hernandez said to the off-duty officer, “I have a gun. I know where you live. Where do you work?”

Detectives linked Hernandez to another burglary that was reported in the 2100 block of West Eastwood in Lincoln Square on September 2nd, according to court records.

Hernandez is charged with two counts of felony burglary and felony aggravated assault of a police officer. Judge John Lyke ordered him held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Earlier this year, Hernandez unsatisfactorily completed two-year’s probation that he received for stealing a bike from a garage in the 2600 block of North Mildred in April 2016, according to court records. He has been arrested sixteen times in Chicago since March 2014.

Errick Shambley is now charged with two more package theft cases. | CPD; Getty

Back in February, 48-year-old Errick Shambley’s 62nd criminal court case in Cook County began when he was arrested and charged with stealing packages from porches in Boystown. While that case continues to wind its way through the justice system, Shambley is now facing his 63rd criminal case—for allegedly stealing packages from a porch near Boystown and another porch in Lakeview.

Police said they were responding to a call of a package theft in the 2900 block of North Halsted on the morning of September 4th when they saw Shambley walking up Halsted Street with a big garbage bag. He matched the description of the package thief, so the officers decided to ask him a few questions.

Inside the garbage bag was a Coldwater Creek package that had been shipped to a woman who lives in the 2900 block of North Halsted, police said. Shambley was arrested.

Officers learned during Shambley’s arrest processing that he was also wanted in connection with another package theft in the 3700 block of North Bosworth.

The packages he allegedly stole contained napkins and a Macy’s gift card.

Despite Shambley’s long criminal record, Cook County prosecutors refused to pursue felony charges in either of his latest cases. Instead, Shambley is charged with two misdemeanor counts of theft. Judge Anthony Calabrese ordered him held in lieu of $6,000 bail.

On September 12th, Shambley pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 60 days in jail with credit for eight days time served by Judge Anthony Calabrese.

Back in February, Shambley was arrested in the 800 block of West Buckingham for package theft. His most recent prison term was a two-year stint for stealing a woman’s purse and another person’s cell phone in 2016. His parole for the 2016 cases concluded about a week before his February arrest.

Note: This story was updated on September 12th with information about Shambley’s guilty plea and sentencing.

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