12 years for Chicago man who went on robbery, carjacking, and burglary spree while on bail in 2022

CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for going on a weeks-long crime spree across the North Side while he was on bail for a pending drug case in September and October 2022. Jeremiah Magdaleno, 27, pleaded guilty to a host of felonies, including carjacking, armed robbery, burglary, and auto theft, according to court records.

Judge Ursula Walowski sentenced him to prison terms of between 3 and 12 years for each charge, with the time to be served concurrently. He is expected to be paroled in October 2028 after serving about six years. 

The crimes began on September 28, 2022, when Magdaleno allegedly broke into an apartment building in the 1300 block of West Morse and stole up to 20 packages from the mailroom, prosecutors said. The burglary was videotaped. Walowski handed him six years for that.

He received another three-year sentence for stealing an SUV that had been left running in the 6200 block of West Newport on October 21, 2022. Prosecutors said he spray-painted it black.

Five days later, he broke into a Marathon gas station in the 5600 block of North Lincoln and stole three vehicle titles and a check. He broke into the gas station again the next day, taking 70 packs of Newport cigarettes before escaping in a black Chevy Tahoe, prosecutors said. Walowski sentenced him to three years in prison for each burglary.

On October 29, 2022, Magdaleno rolled up in a black truck as a 68-year-old man parked in the 6000 block of North Mozart. Prosecutors said Magdaleno hit the man in the face with a metal object and stole his car. A doctor used seven stitches to close a gash on the victim’s face.

Walowski sentenced Magdaleno to 12 years for the crime.

Jeremiah Magdaleno and the locations of the North Side crimes. | Chicago Police Department; Multiplottr

Around 2:20 a.m. on October 30, 2022, Magdaleno allegedly entered a 7-Eleven in the 1400 block of West Pratt while armed with a pipe. Prosecutors said he hit the counter with the pipe, forced one employee to empty the register, and ordered another to load cartons of cigarettes into a milk crate. The crime earned him another 12-year sentence.

About five hours after he robbed the store, Magdaleno stole a Mercedes that a grocery delivery driver left running in the 6000 block of North Sheridan.

That victim would be the key to ending his crime spree.

Prosecutors said the woman happened to see Magdaleno driving her car as she rode around in her daughter’s vehicle after the auto theft. She and her daughter followed the Mercedes and contacted Chicago police, who arrested Magdaleno.

He received another three-year term for that case.

Magdaleno was on bail for possession of a controlled substance and failure to register as a gun offender when he committed most of the crimes. Prosecutors dropped that case three days after they charged him with the crime spree.

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