Oh, Lord! Serial church burglar is charged with *another* break-in

Hannibal Kerry (inset) and a video grab of one of the burglaries. | Chicago Police Department; Provided

Here we go again! Prosecutors on Wednesday filed another burglary charge against Hannibal Kerry, the Chicago man who has already been charged with committing a series of similar crimes at churches and schools in Lincoln Park, Bucktown, and Logan Square.

Now, officials say, Chicago police have identified Kerry as the man who broke into Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 West Dickens, on October 29.

A church employee heard someone inside his office and saw a prowler in the church via surveillance cameras, prosecutors said. The employee called police and then used his phone to record Kerry as Kerry left the Bucktown church before officers arrived. 

Kerry got away, at least for a while. He’s accused of taking about $20 in change from the church safe.

CWB Chicago previously shared video from the October 29 incident:

Judge William Fahy ordered him to pay a $1,000 bail deposit to be released on the new charge.

Kerry has been jailed since last month, unable to raise bail in similar cases.

Prosecutors first charged him with taking more than $9,000 in cash from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1010 West Webster, and breaking into Chicago International Charter School, 2235 North Hamilton. Both of those crimes allegedly occurred on December 26.

Then, on February 1, prosecutors filed more charges, accusing Kerry of breaking through a kindergarten classroom window to enter St. James Lutheran School, 2101 North Fremont, in Lincoln Park, around 3:20 p.m. on January 8.

Surveillance footage allegedly showed him walking around the school and stealing a check and $80 cash from the principal’s office.

During the February 1 hearing, prosecutors also accused him of burglarizing St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, 2500 North Talman, in Logan Square on January 13.

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