Man gets probation for burglarizing apartment building while on probation for stealing car (Welcome to Chicago!)

Munkhnasan Baatarjav | CPD

Most logical folks probably think that if you violate felony probation by committing another felony, you’re probably heading to jail. But this is Chicago. You can leave your logic at the city limits.

A Lincoln Park man who burglarized a bike storage room just two weeks after being given probation for possessing a stolen motor vehicle has pleaded guilty to the bike thefts—and he’s been sentenced to probation. Again.

On August 15 last year, 29-year-old Munkhnasan Baatarjav was given two year’s probation for possessing a stolen motor vehicle. Two weeks later, on September 2nd, police arrested Baatarjav in Lincoln Square for burglarizing an apartment building’s bike storage room.

Prosecutors said Baatarjav was seen on video removing two bikes from a secured storage area in the 1800 block of West Argyle. He placed one bike in a car and rode away on the second one, according to allegations in court records. He was arrested when he returned for his car and the second bike.

Police said they found some items inside his vehicle, too: a Visa card belonging to another man; another credit card that belongs to yet a different man; a debit card belonging to a woman; and, conveniently, Baatarjav’s Cook County probation card.

Baatarjav was charged with two felony counts of residential burglary.

Last Wednesday, Baatarjav pleaded guilty to one count of theft in a plea deal that required prosecutors to drop burglary charges. Judge Earl Hoffenberg, who approved the plea deal, sentenced Baatarjav to another two years of probation. Let’s see happens next!


Sierra Copeland attacked a Bloomingdale’s guard with a tire iron. | CPD; Google

Sierra Copeland looks nice enough. But she’s heading to prison for a while after pleading guilty to beating a Bloomingdale’s security guard with a tire iron on the Magnificent Mile at Christmastime 2017. She has also pleaded guilty to pepper-spraying a TJ Maxx security guard during a robbery earlier that year.

In a plea bargain with prosecutors, Copeland pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in exchange for a five-year prison sentence. Judge William O’Brien approved the deal. Several additional felonies were dropped in the agreement.

A Bloomingdale’s security guard told police that he saw then-21-year-old Washington Park resident slip a $365 purse into a shopping bag and head for the exit at 900 North Michigan around 4:30 p.m. on December 22, 2017.

When the guard stopped Copeland and started walking her back toward the loss prevention office, the pint-sized perp unleashed a nasty surprise: She pulled a tire iron from her sleeve and repeatedly cracked the guard in the head with it, police said.

The security guard received stitches for his wounds, police said.

Police also determined that Copeland pepper-sprayed a security guard who tried to detain her at TJ Maxx’s Loop location, 1 North State Street, in January 2017.

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