Paroled robber charged with West Loop home invasion and Loop robbery

Update November 9, 2021 — Terrell Delaney pleaded guilty to one count of residential burglary and aggravated robbery, according to court records. He received concurrent sentences of 7-1/2 years on each count from Judge Ursula Walowski.

After hearing allegations of robbery, burglary, and identity theft against a three-time felon who’s on parole Friday, Judge Susana Ortiz began to set the man’s bail conditions.

“I ain’t doing sh*t,” Terrell Delaney told Ortiz. “You can suck my d*ck,”

Nice guy.

Delaney is accused of pushing his way into a man’s West Loop apartment last month and forcing the victim to hand over valuables. By sheer coincidence, the detective who reviewed surveillance video from the apartment building realized that the offender was the same man featured in a “wanted” poster next to his desk from an October robbery in the Loop, prosecutors said.

Terrell Delaney | CCSO

Just before 3 p.m. on August 6, an offender followed a 22-year-old man onto an elevator at the Presidential Towers apartment complex, 575 West Madison, police said. The man continued to follow the man to his 28th-floor apartment and forced his way through the door while the victim tried to push it closed. 

According to a police report, the offender demanded money from the victim, then took his wallet, a PlayStation, and a MacBook. The home invader demanded the man’s debit card PIN and the MacBook password and threatened to return to the man’s home if he did not provide the correct credentials.

The robber then used the victim’s cards at a nearby ATM and to buy $142 worth of liquor from a store in the Loop, according to police.

While reviewing surveillance videos of the home invasion suspect, one detective noticed that the same offender was featured in a police bulletin next to his desk about the October 23, 2019, robbery of a grocery store on the 700 block of South State. 

In that case, a man pretended to be a customer before he jumped the counter, took $180 from the lottery drawer, and twice claimed to have a gun, according to prosecutors. The hold-up was captured on clear surveillance video, and Delaney is “easily” recognized as the offender, prosecutors said.

The home invasion victim and the store employees identified Delaney in a photo line-up.

Investigators tracked the victim’s stolen MacBook to Delaney’s home on the 7300 block of South Evans and took him into custody, prosecutors said.

Delaney was released early from prison in May 2019 after he served half of a Class X felony sentence that he received for tazing and robbing a victim on a Red Line platform in the Loop. He was out of prison less than six months before he robbed the grocery store, according to prosecutors.

He previously went to prison for three years for burglarizing a Loop doctor’s office in 2012. That same year, he received a four-year sentence for robbing a woman on the Madison Brown Line platform. 

He has several cases pending in DeKalb County, including four for theft.

Prosecutors charged him with aggravated robbery, residential burglary, and identity theft in connection with the new allegations. They did not indicate why the state failed to charge Delaney with home invasion. Judge Ortiz ordered him held in lieu of $250,000 bail. Delaney will be required to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post the mandatory $25,000 deposit bond.

State authorities did not ask Cook County to hold Delaney for a parole violation.

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