A three-time convicted burglar on bail for two burglary cases burglarized three more Lakeview homes on Wednesday evening, prosecutors say. Chicago police allegedly found property belonging to all of the latest victims in his backpack.
The Lakeview break-ins occurred between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on September 21.
Prosecutors said one victim heard a noise while sleeping and saw someone open his bedroom door in the 3900 block of North Janssen. He grabbed a baseball bat and went looking for the burglar, but only caught a glimpse of the intruder on the back porch. The victim’s roommate, whose MacBook was taken during the burglary, started to track his device as police responded.
Meanwhile, the other two burglaries were reported, one in the 3800 block of North Janssen and the other in the 4000 block of North Greenview, prosecutors said.
Cops tracking the MacBook found Andres Deshay near Lakeview High School, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Kenneth Flesch.
Police searched Deshay’s backpack and allegedly recovered the MacBook and HP laptops belonging to the other victims. They also found jewelry and other stolen property, Flesch said.
Prosecutors charged Deshay with three counts of residential burglary and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Judge Maryam Ahmad set bail at $120,000 with electronic monitoring, meaning Deshay must pay a $12,000 bail deposit to go home on an ankle monitor.
She also held him without bail for violating the bond conditions in three pending burglary cases.
Those break-ins occurred in June and July in West Town.
One victim found her back door pried open in the 800 block of North Bishop. Two MacBooks, prescription drugs, and jewelry were taken. Prosecutors said the burglar spotted a surveillance camera during the break-in, and he turned it over while wearing gloves—but not before it recorded images of his face.
Chicago police detectives reviewed the video and allegedly recognized Deshay as the burglar.
The other victim’s home was burglarized in the 900 block of North Paulina. Prosecutors said Deshay was captured on video using that victim’s credit card to make purchases in a store. Once again, Chicago cops recognized him from the store’s video.
Police arrested Deshay for the burglaries during a traffic stop on July 19. Judge Barbara Dawkins allowed him to go home by posting a $5,000 bail deposit.
Prosecutors said he was convicted of burglary in 2017, 2013, and 2011 and has previous felony theft convictions.