Lakeview restaurant burglars brought along a 13-year-old: Chicago police reports

Chicago cops responding to a burglary in progress at a Lakeview restaurant quickly detained three suspects, including a 50-year-old man with an extensive violent crime background and a 13-year-old girl, according to CPD records.

Officers went to Las Tablas, 2942 North Lincoln, around 5:30 a.m. on December 8 and found the front door pried open, officials said.

They quickly detained 50-year-old Steve Aliprandi of Schererville, Indiana, near the entrance. He told the cops that two females were still inside the business, according to his arrest report.

One of those females, 21-year-old Mikeya Phipps of Dolton, soon emerged from the restaurant entrance with her hands up, police said. She told the cops her little sister was still inside, her arrest report said.

Steve Aliprandi and Mikeya Phipps | Chicago Police Department

Cops searching for the other female made their way to the elevator, which had been loaded with 12 bottles of Bacardi Limon rum, four bottles of Don Ramon tequila, and 21 bottles of Patrón tequila that had been removed from the restaurant’s storage area, the reports said.

The officers saw the second female in a corner when the elevator doors opened in the basement. They asked how old she was. She replied, “13 years old,” according to the reports.

Both adults are charged with burglary.

Aliprandi has an extensive criminal record, according to court records: four years for burglary in 1991, seven years for carjacking in 1996, ten years for carjacking in 2006, two concurrent 18-year sentences for carjacking and armed robbery in 2012, and 15 months for theft last year.

Based on that background, prosecutors asked Judge Susana Ortiz to keep him in jail to await trial. She rejected that request and sent him home with a nighttime curfew.

He failed to show up for court this morning, and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest, according to the court’s case file.

Phipps, who was released by Judge David Kelly, has shown up for her court dates.

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