Judge releases man accused of burglarizing Loop stores 6 times in 2 weeks

Joachim Nwachukwu | Chicago Police Department; Multiplottr

CHICAGO — A man accused of burglarizing downtown Chicago stores six times in two weeks was arrested and then released from custody to await trial this week.

Joachim Nwachukwu, 33, is charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft of lost or mislaid property, resisting police, and reckless conduct.

Chicago police arrested him last Sunday in the 400 block of South State after he ran into oncoming traffic to get away, a CPD arrest report said.

Prosecutors say he burglarized Printer’s Row Wine Shop, 719 South Dearborn, on August 31, September 1, September 5, and September 13. The fifth time he returned, the store’s owner told CWBChicago, she chased him out while wielding a golf club.

He’s also accused of burglarizing the 7-Eleven at 48 North Wells on September 7 and September 8. He’s accused of taking bottles of alcoholic beverages each time, sometimes worth hundreds of dollars.

Nwachukwu’s arrest report said police found an array of still-packaged merchandise in his bag: two pairs of headphones, five backs of cigarette lighters, a miniature security camera, a car charger, and two backpacks. Those items account for the theft charge he faces.

Judge Mary Marubio released Nwachukwu from custody with instructions to show up in court and to avoid contacting the businesses or their employees.

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