Burglar who stole $85,000 worth of booze from River North bars gets 4-year sentence

CHICAGO — A Chicago man with a history of theft and burglary convictions pleaded guilty on Thursday to burglaries in which prosecutors said he stole $85,000 worth of alcohol from three River North restaurants and bars. Traivon Dorsey, 28, had been accused of many more burglaries, but prosecutors dropped those charges during Thursday’s hearing.

Judge Pamela Stratigakis sentenced Dorsey to three concurrent four-year sentences, court records show. With good behavior and 681 days of credit earned in jail, Dorsey only has about 60 days remaining to serve.

In the three cases he pleaded guilty to, Dorsey was accused of taking:

  • 21 bottles of champagne worth $5,295 from Radio Room, 400 North State, on December 14, 2021
  • $28,000 worth of liquor from Moe’s Cantina, 155 West Kinzie, on Christmas Day, 2021
  • alcohol worth $51,700 from Fremont, 15 West Illinois, on January 5, 2022

The cases prosecutors dropped included allegations that he stole 18 bottles of liquor by sneaking through the employee entrance of Clutch bar, 316 West Erie, during business hours and taking $230 worth of alcohol from Fireplace Inn, 1448 North Wells.

Traivon Dorsey | Chicago Police Department; Facebook

Prosecutors also accused him of two residential burglaries. In one case, he was charged with entering a home on the 1300 block of West Diversey on July 12, 2019, to steal three watches and three tie clips worth $1,000. Three months later, prosecutors alleged, he burglarized a home on the 2100 block of West Warner. Both cases were dropped this week.

According to prosecutors, Dorsey’s previous felony convictions included a 2016 theft and three residential burglaries in 2012 and 2013. He was adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile for theft in 2011, burglary in 2010, and aggravated battery in 2008, officials said.

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