‘Kia Boy’ burglary crew stole ‘significant’ amount of tobacco products and cash registers from North Side store: prosecutors

CHICAGO — One week ago, prosecutors said an 18-year-old “Kia Boy” was part of a burglary crew that stole cash registers and a significant amount of tobacco products from a North Side convenience store.

Early last Thursday, December 21, Chicago cops saw a stolen Kia Sportage occupied by four men wearing ski masks traveling recklessly near 63rd and Halsted, according to a report the officers filed. The car also matched the description of a vehicle that 911 callers reported seeing in a nearby alley minutes earlier as three men broke cash registers.

So, the cops followed the Kia, which quickly stopped in the 6200 block of South Union. All four occupants bailed out, police said, and the officers allegedly found 18-year-old Tyreese Green hiding under a porch with “multiple” packs of tobacco products.

“You were chasing me for no reason,” Green allegedly told the cops before he “recanted his statement [and said] nobody was chasing him and he was just going to a friend’s house,” the report continued.

Back at the Kia, cops allegedly found a “large quantity of unopened tobacco products” similar to the items found with Green. The car’s steering column was stripped, and police confirmed it had been stolen from its owner’s driveway in the 1300 block of West Chase.

Tyreese Green | Chicago Police Department

The officers also learned that the car was at the scene of a burglary at Hollywood Deli, 5700 North Sheridan, earlier that night, the report continued. Four men stole cash registers and tobacco products from the store.

Prosecutors charged Green with burglary, criminal trespass to a vehicle, and resisting police.

During an initial court appearance the next day, Judge William Fahy told Green he could go home to await trial after seeing a different judge who was handling a misdemeanor theft case that Green already had pending.

That judge, Martin Moltz, released Green after prosecutors dropped the theft case on December 27. Green went home. He also failed to show up in court for the burglary case the next day, according to clerk of court records. Judge Michele Gemskie issued a warrant for his arrest.

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