Serial burglar busted after riding a stolen bike past its owner’s house while they talked with police: prosecutors

Angel Figueroa | IDOC

A man on parole for burglary is now facing five new burglary charges after allegedly riding one of his victims’ stolen bicycles past the owner’s house while they were discussing the break-in with Chicago police.

Angel Figueroa, 42, is being held without bail while the Illinois Department of Corrections reviews his parole status. He was released from prison in November after serving half of a three-year sentence he received for attempted burglary and attempted possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Prosecutors charged him on Monday with five more break-ins in Logan Square, Humboldt Park, and Bucktown since July 11. All of the crimes were allegedly videotaped.

Officials said he broke into a garage in the 1800 block of North Wilmot on July 11 at 3:40 a.m. and stole bicycles. On July 23, around 1:30 a.m., he stole two more bikes from a garage in the 1700 block of North Francisco. He allegedly stole two bikes from a garage in the 1700 block of North California the following day.

Around 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Figueroa waited outside a garage in the 1800 block of North Talman and waited for a homeowner to leave before he went in and took three bikes, prosecutors said.

That victim was speaking with detectives on Saturday when he saw Figueroa riding one of his stolen bikes down the street and recognized Figueroa from surveillance footage. The cops arrested Figueroa.

When officers searched him, they allegedly found car keys that belonged to a woman whose home had been burglarized Friday in the 2500 block of West Cortland. That victim also reported laptops missing from her home.

Prosecutors said Figueroa identified himself in surveillance images from all five break-ins.

In addition to the cases for which he is on parole, Figueroa was convicted of felony theft in 2017 and armed robberies in 2006 and 2002, according to state records.

Judge Barbara Dawkins set bail in the new burglary cases at $10,000, which means he must pay a $1,000 deposit to be released from jail once his parole situation is resolved.

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