|Deamonte Glover | CPD|
Five days after prosecutors refused to approve felony charges against Deamonte Glover for allegedly stealing three coats on the Mag Mile last month, the 18-year-old was back downtown, beating and robbing a man near the Chicago Red Line station, according to police and court records.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has an established policy of ignoring state law that sets the threshold for felony retail theft at $300. Instead, prosecutors in Foxx’s office require the value of stolen goods to exceed $1,000 before approving felony charges.
That worked out nicely for Glover when an off-duty cop said he saw the Englewood resident walk out of the Overland Sheepskin Company with three coats worth nearly $700 late last month. The off-duty officer followed Glover, who was taken into custody by police a few minutes later.
Officers sought a felony retail theft charge, but an assistant state’s attorney refused, citing Foxx’s $1,000 rule. A misdemeanor complaint was filed instead.
Judge Mary Marubio released Glover on a recognizance bond the next day.
Four days later, around 7 a.m. on July 30th, Glover and a woman confronted a 40-year-old Gold Coast resident near the Chicago Red Line station, police said.
“We have a firearm. Give us your sh*t,” Glover reportedly said. He then grabbed the man, repeatedly punched him in the face and kicked him while taking the victim’s wallet, prosecutors said.
Glover and the woman ran from the scene, but a Loyola University police officer and Chicago cops soon took him into custody on the 1100 block of North Clark, according to court records. The woman was not arrested.
Prosecutors charged Glover with felony aggravated robbery while indicating the presence of a firearm. Bail was set at $75,000.