Burglar hauled $1,769 worth of smokes, booze, and donuts out of Jewel on Christmas Day, cops say

Bernard Lewis (inset) was arrested at the Jewel on Christmas Day. | CPD; Google

Just because Jewel-Osco is closed on Christmas Day doesn’t mean that you can’t go shopping. In fact, a career criminal took advantage of the holiday closure to embark on a $1,769.14 shopping spree at one of the grocer’s Lincoln Park locations, according to prosecutors.

Police responded to a burglar alarm at the Jewel, 2550 North Clybourn, around 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Day and allegedly found 46-year-old Bernard Lewis walking out the back door with piles of merchandise.

Among the merchandise Lewis was allegedly hauling out of the store: seven bottles of vodka, one bottle of whiskey, eight cartons of Newport cigarettes, nine packs of Newports, and five boxes of Entenmann’s donuts. Total retail value: $1,769.14. Cops said he entered the store by prying open its back door.

Prosecutors charged Lewis with felony burglary. Judge Michael Clancy ordered him released on a recognizance bond.

The Christmas incident marked Lewis’ ninth arrest of 2018 and his 189th criminal case in Cook County since the mid-1980s. He has previously been charged under the names Marcel Coreano, Marcell Gibson, Hector Rosario, Antonio Rosario, Carlos Rivera, Ronald Cruz, Ronald Campana, and Alphonso Gibson.

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A Chicago Police Department evidence technician arrested a cellphone store burglar when the thief returned to the shop while the crime scene was being processed, according to court records.

The evidence tech was working the scene at Sprint, 1201 North Clark, around 10 a.m. on Dec. 22nd after a burglar broke in through the front door earlier in the day. That’s when the technician saw 50-year-old James Phillips outside the store and recognized him from surveillance video as the man who stole about $700 worth of merchandise during the break-in, according to police.

Phillips was detained by the evidence technician, positively identified by the store clerk, and is now charged with felony burglary. Judge Sophia Atcherson released Phillips on a recognizance bond.
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