Man accused of burglary while on electronic monitoring…for using credit cards that were taken in burglaries

Kevin Purdis is accused of burglarizing a home while on electronic monitoring for identity theft. | CCSO; Nick Youngson

An Old Town man who’s charged with multiple counts of identity theft for fraudulently using credit cards that were taken in burglaries is now charged with burglarizing a Lincoln Park home while on electronic monitoring.

Kevin Purdis, 26, made headlines in February after prosecutors charged him with four counts of felony identity theft; three counts of felony aggravated identity theft; and misdemeanor theft of lost or mislaid property for allegedly using credit cards that were taken in three burglaries late last year.

He was released on electronic monitoring to await trial.

Now, prosecutors say, Purdis spent some of his free time on electronic monitoring to burglarized a home in the 2100 block of North Clifton. Police said he and 26-year-old Shameka Smith were identified after investigators reviewed surveillance video of the April 17th break-in.

Purdis is now charged with an additional charge of felony residential burglary. He has been ordered held without bail. Smith is also charged with felony residential burglary. She was freed on a recognizance bond by Judge John Lyke.

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