Tip: Don’t wear your GPS-equipped electronic monitoring bracelet while you go looting

Dante Givens (inset) and a video grab of the looting at Enrich Market | CPD

A Chicago man was charged Wednesday with plundering three stores during widespread looting on August 10 after police tracked him down by the GPS-enabled electronic monitoring bracelet he was wearing, prosecutors said.

Dante Givens, 32, was required to wear the location-recording device as he awaited trial for a pending forgery case. He continued to wear the ankle monitor as he joined thousands of other Chicagoans who looted stores throughout downtown and Lincoln Park, prosecutors said.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office provided Chicago police with a GPS monitoring report that showed Givens was in the area of looting incidents at Enrich Market, 805 North LaSalle, as well as a Binny’s Beverage Depot and a 7-Eleven convenience store starting around 2:20 a.m. August 10, prosecutors said.

CPD released video of the Enrich Market looting two weeks later.

In addition to the GPS records, police allegedly found surveillance camera footage that shows Givens breaking into Enrich Market with a garbage can, taking alcohol, and cash. Other video records show him inside the 7-Eleven and stealing from Binny’s, prosecutors said.

Givens was charged this week with three counts of burglary and two counts of looting. Judge David Navarro set his bail at $25,000. But Navarro also ordered Givens held without bail for violating his bail bond in the forgery case.

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