Serial burglar took liquor worth more than $100,000 from restaurants and nightclubs, prosecutors say

Prosecutors have filed additional burglary charges against a man they accused in January of breaking into two River North nightclubs.

Prosecutors now say Traivon Dorsey is responsible for taking more than $100,000 worth of liquor during six burglaries of restaurants and bars, mainly in River North during December. They have also charged him with two residential burglaries on the North Side from 2019.

Traivon Dorsey is now charged with six restaurant and bar burglaries and two residential burglaries. | CPD; Facebook

Chicago police arrested Dorsey, 27, at his home Thursday to face four additional counts of burglary and two counts of residential burglary.

Prosecutors on Friday said he is identified from surveillance videos as the man who:

  • burglarized Radio Room, 400 North State, of 21 bottles of champagne worth $5,295 on December 14
  • stole liquor worth $230 from Fireplace Inn, 1448 North Wells, on December 23
  • broke into Moe’s Cantina, 155 West Kinzie, and stole $28,000 worth of liquor on Christmas Day
  • forced his way into Fremont, 15 West Illinois, on January 5 and stole $51,700 worth of alcohol

Prosecutors charged Dorsey in January with stealing $24,000 worth of liquor from two River North nightclubs during burglaries in December.

CPD detectives also identified him as the burglar seen on surveillance videos from two 2019 residential break-ins, prosecutors said.

He’s charged with entering a home on the 1300 block of West Diversey on July 12, 2019, to steal three watches and three tie clips worth $1,000. Prosecutors said he burglarized a home on the 2100 block of West Warner three months later.

According to prosecutors, Dorsey’s felony convictions included a 2016 theft and three residential burglaries in 2012 and 2013. He was adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile for theft in 2011, burglary in 2010, and aggravated battery in 2008.

Judge Kelly McCarthy set Dorsey’s bail at $500,000 on the new charges. He must post 10% of that amount to get out of jail.

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