Career felon charged with burglarizing Rogers Park salon

A career felon is charged with burglarizing a Rogers Park business this week — just three months after the state released him early from prison for his seventh burglary conviction.

Police responded to a burglary in progress call around 9:40 p.m. Monday at Queen Nail salon, 7063 North Clark, according to prosecutors. Officers found the front glass door broken and heard a noise inside.

Vance Allen | CPD

Prosecutors said cops saw 53-year-old Vance Allen slamming the shop’s cash register on the floor. Allen had already collected a keyboard, receipt printer, and other business property to take with him, according to allegations laid out in bond court. The burglary was allegedly captured on surveillance video.

The Illinois Department of Corrections did not ask Cook County to hold Allen for a parole violation, so he’ll be released on electronic monitoring after he posts a $100 deposit bond.

State records show he was paroled on March 20 after serving half of two concurrent 6-year prison terms he received for a pair of burglaries in 2016. At the time of those burglaries, he was on parole after being released early from a 12-year sentence he received for burglary in 2009.

At the time of the 2009 burglary, Allen was on parole for a 12-year attempted armed robbery sentence that he received in 2002. And at the time of the armed robbery, he was on parole for two concurrent 6-year prison terms he received for burglaries in 1999.

At the time of the 1999 burglaries, he was on parole for a 1997 narcotics charge. And he was on parole for a 1993 armed robbery at the time of the narcotics violation.

At the time of the 1993 armed robbery, he was on parole for a 1991 burglary. And at the time of the 1991 burglary, he was on parole for concurrent 7-year and 3-year sentences that he received for burglary and robbery in 1989.

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