22-time convicted felon has been burglarizing homes on the Northwest Side, prosecutors say

Vincente Charriez Colon | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO— A man who received nineteen 30-year prison sentences for armed robbery in 1991, and is currently on parole for those cases, is sitting in the Cook County jail today. Prosecutors say he’s been burglarizing homes on the Northwest Side.

Despite Vincente Charriez Colon’s extensive criminal history, state officials have decided not to reconsider his parole status.

Charriez, 60, was paroled in August 2022 after serving decades in prison for the robberies, many of which involved allegations of kidnapping and home invasion, according to court records. Before those convictions, he received a pair of six-year sentences for residential burglary in 1985.

Officials say he dusted off those old skills to burglarize a woman’s home in the 3600 block of North Kedzie on July 26. Two safes were taken, containing business licenses, $10,000 cash, birth certificates, house and car titles, jewelry, and a pistol, according to a criminal complaint filed against Charriez.

He allegedly broke into another woman’s home in the 4100 block of North Kolmar on September 19 and took a laptop bag.

On October 3, someone entered the unlocked door of a home in the 2800 block of North Rutherford and took a woman’s purse. Prosecutors now say the “someone” was Charriez.

Prosecutors charged him with the Kolmar and Rutherford burglaries on October 21. Judge William Fahy rejected the state’s detention petition and put him on electronic monitoring instead.

But after officials charged him with the Kedzie burglary on Tuesday, Judge Barbara Dawkins ordered him to remain in custody as a public safety threat.

So far, though, the state still isn’t planning to re-think his parole status.

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