Men get 6 years for stealing ATM during South Loop burglary spree

Chicago — Two men have been sentenced to six years in prison for burglarizing three South Loop businesses and stealing one of the shops’ ATMs in March 2021.

Tyshawn Jones, 24, and Kenneth Maxey, 27, each pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary. Judge Lauren Edidin sentenced them to six years on each count, to be served concurrently.

Chicago police spent weeks investigating a burglary team that stole ATMs, liquor, cigarettes, and other valuables during early morning break-ins at businesses between late 2020 and March 2021. They struck multiple locations on February 28February 26February 23February 24,  February 4, February 3, January 26, January 20, and January 1.

Kenneth Maxey (left) and Tyshawn Jones | CPD

But detectives caught a break on March 10 after burglars in the South Loop stole an ATM equipped with a GPS tracker.

Cops followed the machine’s pings to the 1800 block of South Lawndale and found a stolen SUV in an alley and rolls of ATM receipt tape along with large bolts used to secure cash machines strewn about a back yard, according to a CPD report and prosecutors.

As police were investigating the scene, Jones jumped out of a window of the home and ran, prosecutors said. Cops who chased him down found a Chase Bank money bag and a roll of ATM receipt paper nearby. He was allegedly carrying $460 cash when police arrested him.

Maxey also ran from the home. Cops chased him for three blocks before taking him into custody. They said he was carrying $5,700 cash.

Both men were wearing the same clothing that the burglars are seen wearing on surveillance videos of the break-ins, prosecutors said.

According to a source, police entered the home and found an ATM on the second floor with a crowbar lying next to it.

With a 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and credit for time spent in custody after being arrested, Jones is scheduled to be paroled on March 1, 2024, and Maxey on August 30, 2024.

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