Migrant shoplifted from 3 Mag Mile stores in one day: court filing

Gregorio Yorman Adrianza-Romero, also known as Jose Hernandez Mende Romero | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — A Venezuelan migrant has been charged with shoplifting from three different stores on the Magnificent Mile in a single day. He has been arrested in Chicago two other times since August under different names.

Police arrested Gregorio Yorman Adrianza-Romero, 25, on Friday after employees accused him of shoplifting from Ralph Lauren, 750 North Michigan, Victoria’s Secret, 734 North Michigan, and Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 North Michigan, according to complaints filed with the court.

Judge Charles Beach released him on Saturday afternoon.

Adrianza-Romero was previously charged with shoplifting at Nordstrom, 55 East Grand, on August 13. Prosecutors dropped the case on September 5.

He was arrested again on October 25 under the name Jose Hernandez Mende Romero, according to Chicago police arrest records. In that case, he was accused of domestic battery at the Near West (12th) District police station, where he had been living.

During his most recent arrest, he listed the 25th District station in Austin as his residence.

Good luck, bad luck

We have an update about a Venezuelan migrant we’ve reported on previously, 24-year-old Jose Aponte-Garcia.

He was arrested on September 27 after Chicago police accused him of having a stolen firearm in a vehicle during a traffic stop downtown. Then he failed to show up for his court date and got arrested on a warrant when Chicago cops recognized him in the Near North (18th) District station lobby.

Aponte-Garcia caught a break on October 23 when Judge Robert Kuzas threw out the gun case after finding no probable cause, according to court records.

Exactly one week later, Aponte-Garcia got arrested again. Security officers at a Walmart on the West Side accused him of shoplifting four mini LED headlamps, six pairs of gloves, four winter hats, seven packs of underwear, a baseball hat, and a backpack, police said. He’s due in court again on November 27.

Another alias

Ronny Javier Rodriguez Tovar, also identified as Jorge Alvarez in one of his recent CPD arrest reports, has two cases pending in court.

In one case, he’s accused of stuffing $773 worth of merchandise into a suitcase and walking out the door at Target, 1200 North Larrabee. He lived a half-block away at the time, at the Near North (18th) District station.

He now lists the Central (1st) District station in the South Loop as his home. Chicago police arrested him there over the weekend.

According to his latest arrest report, a Haitian asylum seeker who also lives in the lobby asked him to stop smoking in the building. Tovar grabbed the man’s leg with both hands and refused to let go, the police said. He also refused “several” police orders to leave the building, according to the arrest report.

Two police officers eventually arrested him after he became “dead weight” and stiffened his body. Cops said they found a “glass cylinder containing a white powder substance” that they believed to be crack cocaine in his pocket.

He’s charged with misdemeanor counts of battery, resisting police, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also cited for smoking in a public place.

Joint operation

Luis Acosta, a 23-year-old migrant who now lives on the South Side, was arrested on November 1 across the street from his former home at the Standard Club shelter, 320 South Plymouth, in the Loop.

Chicago police officers said they watched him conduct hand-to-hand transactions for “loose items” he grabbed from a baggie inside Pritzker Park, 20 West Van Buren.

When they confronted Acosta, they allegedly found 47 joints in a plastic bag and a baggie containing suspected cannabis, his CPD arrest report said.

Officers said he was carrying $810 in cash and had $268 worth of cannabis when they arrested him.

Acosta was arrested once before in Chicago. On August 15, cops said they saw him riding his bike around the 47th Street Red Line station lobby before he passed through the turnstile without paying. Prosecutors dropped the case on September 28.

Triple play

Eduardo Alvarez, a 20-year-old listing the Young Women’s Leadership Academy shelter, 2641 South Calumet, as his home, has been arrested three times since August, according to CPD records.

On August 22, Nordstrom security accused him of walking out with a belt and boxer shorts worth $595. Prosecutors refused to file felony charges, and they dropped the misdemeanor case on September 27, CPD and court records show.

Two days later, he was arrested for allegedly jumping the turnstile at the Jackson Red Line station.

He was arrested again on October 13, this time at Nordstrom Rack, 101 East Chicago. Security officers accused him of walking out with two pairs of sunglasses in his sweater, a CPD arrest report said.

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