Man charged with burglarizing Loop sports bar during COVID-19 shutdown

Flight Club, 111 West Wacker | Yelp

A Chicago man is charged with burglarizing a Loop sports bar that has been closed for two weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  His excuse for being inside a bar that’s been closed since Mar. 15? He had to use the bathroom.

Jerry Brown | CPD

Police were called to Flight Club, 111 West Wacker, at 6:14 p.m. Monday after a representative of the darts-oriented bar and restaurant reported seeing someone walking around the kitchen via a remote camera feed.  The witness provided a description of the prowler and police searched the area for suspects.

Cops stopped Jerry Brown, age 28,  a few minutes later on the 200 block of North Clark. He told officers that he was “just using the bathroom” at the bar, according to a CPD spokesperson. But police say he was also carrying property stolen from the establishment. 

Prosecutors charged Brown with felony burglary and felony possession of burglary tools, police said. 

In November 2017, Brown was charged with felony robbery after he allegedly punched a man in the face and robbed him on the 300 block of North Lower Michigan in the Loop.

And in September 2017 he was charged with window peeping after a Boystown woman reported seeing him peeking into her apartment window on the 800 block of West Aldine. The outcomes of those two cases were not immediately available Wednesday because the Clerk of Court denied access to public court records.

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