14-time convicted felon, on parole for Uptown restaurant burglaries, burglarized another restaurant: prosecutors

Larry Banks is accused of burglarizing Dong Ky restaurant in Uptown. | Chicago Police Department; Yelp

CHICAGO — A 14-time convicted felon who received a two-year sentence for burglarizing three Uptown restaurants was arrested again Monday. Chicago police say he burglarized another Uptown restaurant.

Larry Banks, 50, pleaded guilty in August to three counts of felony criminal damage to property, which were reduced from burglary charges, in connection with the three restaurant break-ins that occurred in February 2022.

He reported to Stateville Correctional Center on August 24 and walked out the same day, thanks to credits he earned while the case was pending.

Now, he’s charged with burglarizing yet another Uptown restaurant while on parole.

Prosecutors say surveillance video showed him breaking into Dong Ky restaurant and bakery, 4877 North Broadway, on December 2 and stealing $100. He left a briefcase behind containing “business and utility records,” according to a criminal complaint.

CPD officers recognized him as they patrolled Uptown on Monday and took him into custody. They said he had a woman’s credit card, too.

He’s charged with burglary and theft of lost or mislaid property. Banks remains in the county jail while state officials review his parole status.

This is the second time he has been arrested since walking out of jail on August 24.

Exactly a month after he was released, on September 24, he was charged with misdemeanor battery after a 63-year-old man told police that Banks punched him in the face and then smacked him in the eye with an ashtray while he was on the ground. Prosecutors dropped the case on October 16.

Banks has the not-so-unusual experience of receiving more lenient sentences for every crime he commits.

He received a whopping 14-year sentence for burglarizing an Uptown restaurant in 2011. He got out of prison in May 2018, and just seven months later, prosecutors charged him with burglarizing Little India restaurant, 1109 West Bryn Mawr. Court records show Banks fought the case for nearly three years, serving as his own attorney for at least some of the time. Prosecutors dropped the case on January 6, 2022.

The very next month, prosecutors said video showed him committing the three burglaries he’s currently on parole for.

Before catching the 14-year sentence in 2011, Banks had been sentenced to two terms of 30 months for theft in 2009, 18 months for damage to school property in 2009, three years for narcotics in 2007, two years for drugs in 2005, 4-1/2 years for theft from a person in 2002; four years for burglary in 1999; seven years for narcotics in 1996; 28 months for drugs in 1995; and five years for narcotics in 1992, according to IDOC.

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