Prosecutors: Man stole phone from 3-year-old, tried to sell it back to his mom

Javonte Taylor | CPD

An Armour Square man who stole an iPhone from his boss’ 3-year-old, then offered to sell the device back for $500 was arrested by a police tactical team when he showed up to carry out the deal at a Lincoln Park restaurant, police said.

Javonte Taylor, 25, allegedly stole the phone from the pre-school boy at his mother’s restaurant in the 2400 block of North Clark on June 30th and left the scene. Taylor was an employee of the restaurant, police said.

Prosecutors said Taylor later texted the restaurant’s owner and offered to sell the phone back to her for $500. The woman agreed to the deal and arranged for Taylor to meet her at the restaurant on July 8th.

The woman also contacted police. A 19th District (Town Hall) tactical team set up surveillance on the restaurant and arrested Taylor as he arrived for the meeting at 2:45 p.m., according to a CPD report. An iPhone in his possession was held for investigation.

Taylor is charged with felony theft. Judge Sandra Ortiz set bail at $1,000, which allows him to go free by posting a 10% deposit bond of $100. He is due back in court on August 12.

Court records show that Taylor was sentenced to two years in prison for robbery in 2011.

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