9-time felon gets 3 years for burglarizing Lincoln Park bike room

CHICAGO — Reginald Davis, who became a nine-time convicted felon primarily by burglarizing apartment building bike rooms in Chicago, has become a 12-time convicted felon by pleading guilty to three more charges.

Davis was on parole for burglary when Chicago cops arrested him last June for allegedly burglarizing a high-rise building’s bike room in the 2500 block of North Clark in Lincoln Park.

During his initial bail hearing, prosecutors said video showed Davis walking out with three bikes and loading them into a car parked in a nearby alley.

Cops arrived in time to see Davis and two other men loading bikes into two cars. The thieves tried to drive away but ran into a dead end and bolted from the vehicles on foot. Police allegedly found Davis in a yard on the 500 block of West Deming. The other two got away.

He settled the case by pleading guilty to felony theft in exchange for a three-year sentence from Judge Shelley Sutker-Dermer, according to court records. Prosecutors dropped five other felonies in their deal with Smith, including a burglary charge.

Reginald Davis pleaded guilty to stealing bikes from a secured room at an apartment building on the 2500 block of North Clark. | CPD; Google

He has also pleaded guilty in Kane County to felony theft and aggravated fleeing charges, records show. Those are his eleventh and twelfth felonies. He is scheduled to be paroled in April.

In 2017, prosecutors charged Davis with committing a string of burglaries that involved stealing bicycles from garages in North Center and Ravenswood.

When cops arrested him upon finding two stolen bikes in the back seat of his car early on the Fourth of July, Davis told them he “just bought the bikes off some Black guy 20 minutes ago,” a CPD report said.

Knives, bolt cutters, hammers, wire cutters, screwdrivers, wrenches, and four bike locks were allegedly discovered car’s trunk.

He received a six-year sentence and was on parole for the case when he allegedly broke into the Lincoln Park bike room.

At the time of the 2017 burglaries, Davis was on parole for stealing bikes during a 2013 burglary on the 1400 block of West George in Lakeview, according to court records. He received six years in that case, too, and was also released after serving half of it.

At the time of the 2013 burglary, he was on parole for a 2008 burglary for which he received ten years but got released after serving five.

And he was also on parole at the time of the 2008 burglary — for a 2003 burglary that resulted in a six-year sentence.

Before that, he received two years for theft in 2001, 42 months for burglary in 1997, six years for burglary in 1988, four years for burglary in 1984, and three years for burglary in 1982, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.

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