8-time felon burglarized Uptown store, cops say

Mario Schimmerling | CPD

An eight-time convicted felon who’s on parole for burglary is charged with breaking into an Uptown convenience store this week.

Police responded to My Place Food Mart after a witness heard the business’ windows being broken out around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Officers arrived in time to find 54-year-old Mario Schimmerling still inside the store, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors charged Schimmerling with felony burglary and resisting police. The Illinois Department of Corrections asked to have him held while it considers revocation of his parole.

Schimmerling was released from prison in June 2018 after he served half of a nine-year sentence that he received for burglary in 2014, according to state records. Courts previously sentenced him to a one-year prison term for retail theft in 2012; twelve years for residential burglary in 2004; a concurrent 12-year sentence for aggravated possession of multiple stolen firearms in 2004; two concurrent six-year terms for residential burglary in 1999; four years for attempted residential burglary in 1995; and a concurrent three-year sentence for residential burglary in 1995.

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