Man cooked dinner, tried to break into ATM after finding Loop bank unlocked, prosecutors say

Julian Kaden | CPD

A man is accused of trying to break into a Loop bank’s ATM — and whipping up a frozen dinner in the employee break room — after he found the branch’s front door open early Monday.

Julian Kaden, 19, allegedly told police he noticed the bank’s door open as he rode his bike past Bank of America, 33 North Dearborn, around 12:50 a.m. Bank security workers detected the burglary via remote camera and called Chicago police.

Kaden looked around the bank and decided to microwave a frozen dinner in the employee break room, prosecutors said. While the meal cooked, Kaden allegedly used a hammer and screwdriver to try to break into an ATM safe.

But police reportedly arrived before he accessed the money. Kaden heard their footsteps and hid in a restroom, prosecutors said. Officers arrested him after he poked his head out to see where they were.

Police allegedly found a book bag containing Kaden’s ID and other items in the employee kitchen. He told officers that he found the bank open and he decided to cook a frozen dinner to eat with a Danish and Arizona tea that were in his bag, prosecutors said.

Kaden was free on bond while awaiting trial for residential burglary in the suburbs, according to prosecutors.

Judge John Lyke ordered Kaden held without bail for violating the terms of his suburban bail bond. Once that matter is cleared up, Kaden can be released on his own recognizance with electronic monitoring, Lyke said.

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