Lakeview package thieves charged with burglary, prosecutors say

Two men are facing burglary charges after police caught them with stolen packages in Lakeview on Saturday, according to prosecutors.

A man who lives in an apartment building on the 700 block of West Belmont called police after seeing two men opening packages in the mailroom and taking contents from the boxes, prosecutors said.

Demetrius Robinson (left) and Malik Shaw | CPD

Police searched the area for men who matched descriptions provided by the witness. Cops arrested Demetrius Robinson, 19, and Malik Shaw, 22, nearby about ten minutes later. The witness allegedly identified them as the two people he saw stealing packages in the mailroom.

Robinson was carrying a backpack that contained items missing from open packages cops found in the mailroom, prosecutors said. According to the state, Robinson ripped through boxes and took their contents while Shaw worked as a lookout.

Prosecutors said Robinson has no adult felony convictions, but he was found guilty of robbery as a juvenile. Judge Charles Beach set his bail at $5,000 and ordered him to stay in the house from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. if he can post a $500 bond to get out of jail.

Shaw has a pending gun case, according to prosecutors. Beach ordered him held without bail for violating the terms of bail in that case. The judge set his bail on the burglary charge at $10,000 and ordered him to observe the same curfew if he becomes eligible to post bond.

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