“Absolutely not!”: Prosecutors recommend 8 days for Boystown robbery case, but the victim a better idea

Moshe Nudelman | CPD

It’s swift justice for Moshe Nudelman, a 20-year-old who was on three separate probations when cops say they caught him carrying a Boystown robbery victim’s credit cards at the Wilson Red Line station on October 1st.

Nudelman on Tuesday pleaded guilty to theft of lost or mislaid property and was sentenced to 100 days in jail with eight days credit for time served.

Those who think crime deserves fair punishment can offer up some thanks to the robbery victim who refused to accept the prosecutor’s first settlement suggestion.

“The state’s attorney originally offered me just his time served—8 days. To which I said absolutely not,” the Boystown-area resident told us Tuesday night.

Prosecutors eventually came back with the 100-day idea and the victim accepted.

Around 12:30 a.m. on October 1st, the 29-year-old victim was near his home in the 500 block of West Brompton when two men approached him. One was wearing a ski mask and pointed a handgun at him. After the victim handed over his property, the masked man and the second offender—who was standing behind the victim—ran away.

Cops tracked the victim’s phone to the Wilson CTA station where the 17-year-old gunman was arrested as he carried a backpack containing a BB gun pistol, a black ski mask, and the victim’s phone.

Sitting next to the gunman on the train, police said, was Nudelman. Knowing that two people were involved in the robbery, police ran Nudelman’s name and found that there was a warrant out for his arrest.

When cops conducted a custodial search, they found a debit card and a credit card bearing the victim’s name hidden in Nudelman’s underwear.

It turned out that Nudelman was on triple probation at the time of the robbery, according to court records.

In November 2017, Judge Lauren Edidin sentenced Nudelman to one year’s probation for selling a stolen camera online. At the same hearing, Edidin sentenced Nudelman to a concurrent year of probation for stealing two watches worth $9,800 in Skokie.

Then, on August 1st, Judge Edidin again gave Nudelman another sentence of probation after he pleaded guilty to burglarizing a Skokie smoke shop just two months after he was given the previous probation sentences.

No further information is available about the juvenile’s case because the court records are shielded from public view.

Judge Peter Gonzalez approved the Nudelman plea deal.

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