Update: Career criminal now charged with four burglaries in Lincoln Park

McGill | Ill. Dept. of Corrections

A career burglar who was allegedly caught in the act by cops on patrol in Lincoln Park early Monday has been charged with committing four burglaries and damaging property at a fifth location that night.

Officers responding to a call of a burglary in progress reportedly saw 54-year-old Theodore McGill in the area with $1,200 bike and a power saw. Police soon learned that the bike and saw belonged to the 911 caller who had summoned them to the 2400 block of North Southport just after 3 a.m.

Further investigation revealed that McGill also stole a tent and inflatable mattress from another garage on the same block and property from two other residences in the 2400 block of North Janssen, according to court records. Police also reported seeing McGill try to pry open a gate and fence as they arrived on-scene.

Prosecutors charged McGill with three felony counts of residential burglary; one count of attempted burglary; and criminal damage to property. Judge Michael Clancy set his bail at $80,000.

State and court records show that McGill was sentenced to serve 85% of two concurrent 9-year prison sentence for burglaries committed in 2012. Yet he managed to be released from prison in March 2017 after serving less than five years.

Prior to that sentence, the now-54-year-old was sentenced to eight years for burglary in 2007; three years for theft in 2005; six years for burglary in 2001; two years for theft in 2000; six years for burglary in 1997; six years for armed robbery in 1994; three years for burglary in 1991; and two concurrent three year terms for robbery and aggravated battery in 1989. McGill was released early each time.
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