15-time felon stole $4,950 worth of high-end booze from Tao, prosecutors say

Update January 29, 2022: Judge Anthony Calabrese tossed out the burglary charge two days later, finding no probable cause. Anderson pleaded guilty to simple battery during the same hearing in exchange for a sentence of two days time served.

A 15-time convicted felon who’s on parole is facing burglary charges after he allegedly stole six bottles of high-end liquor worth nearly $5,000 from a River North restaurant.

“I’m doing pretty good on the second chance program,” 63-year-old Mark Anderson told Judge Charles Beach during a bond court hearing after the alleged heist. Beach seemed unconvinced.

Anderson, whose felony background includes seven burglary convictions, is currently on parole for committing a robbery on the Magnificent Mile, according to official records.

Mark Anderson was arrested outside Tao restaurant and nightclub, 632 North Dearborn. | CPD; Google

Prosecutors said he slipped in the back door of Tao restaurant and nightclub, 632 North Dearborn, as employees prepared to open for service on February 25. He allegedly made his way to the second floor, took six bottles of premium liquor from the bar, and headed for the door.

Two employees tackled Anderson in the alley and held him until police arrived, according to a CPD report. A restaurant manager told police the restaurant’s surveillance cameras recorded the whole thing.

Tao’s Chicago outlet is one of the high-priced restaurant group’s newer locations. Its Las Vegas venture was the highest-grossing restaurant in the country before COVID set in, with sales of over $42 million a year. The chain’s New York City locations are third- and 14th highest-grossing venues in the country.

In Chicago, Tao offers $23 Chilean sea bass satay, $17 potstickers, and bottle service options like $8,000 Remy Martin and $28,000 Dom Pérignon, according to its menus.

Anderson’s defense attorney said he services buses for the CTA. He’s charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor battery in connection with the Tao allegations.

Judge Charles Beach set bail at $5,000. Anderson went home by posting a $500 deposit bond.

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