Accused of burglarizing West Loop store, 12-time convicted burglar is released to await trial

CHICAGO — A man who has been sentenced to prison 14 times, including 12 times for burglary, is now charged with burglarizing a CVS in the West Loop. But, even though he is on parole for four burglaries, the state did not revoke his parole, and a judge set him free to await trial.

Back in March 2020, a minister detained Mack Triplett after catching the serial burglar red-handed as he broke into a church on the Near West Side, according to a CPD report. Police said he admitted to breaking into the church so he could steal from its vending machine.

Prosecutors charged Triplett with that break-in along with seven other burglaries, mostly at convenience stores in the West Loop, court records show. They also charged him with taking $7,310 worth of watches and clothing from Zumiez, 2 South State Street.

Triplett eventually struck a plea deal in which he received four concurrent six-year sentences while prosecutors dropped all the other burglary charges. A break-in at CVS, 400 West Madison, was among the cases that were dropped.

He was paroled in February after serving about three years.

On November 19, Chicago police responded to a burglary-in-progress call at the CVS at 400 West Madison, one of the locations Triplett was accused of burglarizing in 2020.

Mark Triplett | Chicago Police Department; Hasbro

When officers arrived, they found the store’s revolving door broken and a front window busted out. They looked inside and saw Triplett holding a plastic bag and a blue backpack, according to the report they subsequently wrote.

Triplett dropped the bags and ran out the back door with the cops hot on his heels, police said. The officers caught him and allegedly found six bottles of booze worth $117 in the bags he had been holding.

Prosecutors charged him with burglary.

But CPD officers noted in their report that the Illinois Department of Corrections declined to file a parole hold on Triplett. In court the next afternoon, Judge David Kelly released Triplett from custody with instructions to stay away from the CVS.

In addition to the four burglaries that he is currently on parole for, Triplett was convicted of burglary in 2012, 2006, 1999, 1996, and twice in 1991, according to IDOC records. He was convicted of attempted burglary in 2015 and 1994, possessing a stolen motor vehicle in 2003, and escaping from electronic monitoring in 2015.

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