7-time felon accused of stealing ATM from West Loop restaurant is released to await trial

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CHICAGO — A seven-time felon is one of two men who drove a stolen vehicle to a West Loop restaurant and stole its ATM on Friday morning, prosecutors say. But, even though Jason Burton has only been out of jail for three months, state officials are not moving to revoke his parole, and he was released from custody on Saturday to await trial.

Prosecutors said surveillance video showed Burton and an unknown accomplice pulling up to PB&J, 205 North Peoria, in a stolen vehicle around 5:40 a.m. Burton, 37, allegedly maintained a lookout while the other guy used a crowbar to force his way into the restaurant and pry the ATM loose.

Both men loaded the ATM into the stolen vehicle and drove away, according to prosecutors.

About four hours later, Chicago police spotted the stolen vehicle and pulled it over. Burton was behind the wheel, wearing the same clothes seen in the burglary footage, prosecutors said.

Cops allegedly found several ATM receipts in the vehicle and about $1,200 in $20 bills in Burton’s possession.

Judge Charles Beach released him from custody during an initial appearance hearing on Saturday afternoon. He’s charged with burglary and possessing a stolen motor vehicle.

Illinois Department of Corrections records show Burton was paroled on August 9 after serving half of an 8-year sentence he received for aggravated battery of a peace officer in 2019.

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