Prosecutors: Man burglarized boat while on bail for burglarizing Wrigley Field

An Indiana man who was charged this month with burglarizing Wrigley Field has managed to get arrested two more times since he posted bail — most recently for allegedly burglarizing a boat at Montrose Harbor.

Daniel Smith | CPD

Daniel Smith, 49, was charged on August 8 with breaking into the Friendly Confines, stealing a jersey from a gift shop, and leaving his roommate’s cellphone number scrawled on a wall of the stadium.

He posted a $1,000 deposit bond and went free to await trial. Then, he got arrested on August 22 for allegedly shoplifting from a Wrigleyville store, according to CPD records. And he got out of jail again.

On Tuesday afternoon, a witness called police after they saw a man jump into Montrose Harbor, swim to a moored boat, unzip its covering, and climb aboard, according to prosecutors.

Police found Smith near the dock’s gate with a cooler sitting next to him, prosecutors said. The cooler allegedly contained a necklace, shoes, and tablets. Smith admitted to boarding the boat and drinking alcohol while he was aboard, according to prosecutors.  The boat’s owner identified the items inside the cooler as his property.

Judge Arthur Willis ordered Smith held without bail for violating the terms of his bail in the Wrigley Field case. Once that matter is cleared up, Smith can be freed on a recognizance bond, Willis said.

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