When cops stopped him for urinating on a downtown street, they allegedly found 15 credit cards bearing the names of 15 different people in his pocket. What’s going on here?

Micah Anderson | CPD

Here’s a cautionary tale for bar-goers as we head into the weekend.

It all starts with a seemingly forgettable matter. Cops allegedly saw 31-year-old Micah Anderson urinating on a street not far from the Mag Mile, and they stopped to give him a citation.

But it got really interesting when the officers patted Anderson down as a safety precaution. That’s when the cops found 15 credit cards bearing 15 different names in one of his pockets, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Sergio Gomez.

Considering the discovery to be a “clue,” the officers took Anderson in for a little investigation and started calling some people whose names appeared on the credit cards. They managed to contact four of them, and, not surprisingly, none of them permitted Anderson to have their credit cards, Gomez said.

Coincidentally, according to Gomez, all four of the people that cops talked to said they had recently been to the same bar in River North — The Kerryman at 661 North Clark. Police contacted the bar and reviewed some of the establishment’s surveillance footage.

The video, Gomez said, shows a man who looks like Anderson going behind the bar and stealing credit cards that customers gave to the staff so they could run tabs.

Prosecutors charged Anderson with unlawful possession of credit cards and theft. Gomez said he has five felony convictions for identity theft, unlawful possession of credit cards, escape, and robbery. He also has theft convictions in Las Vegas.

Judge Susana Ortiz ordered him held in lieu of $15,000. He’ll need to post 10% of that to get out of jail. If he does get out, he’ll need to stay in the house from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Ortiz said. And he’s prohibited from returning to the Kerryman, she added.

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