Migrant tried to bring 2 boxes of rifle ammo into South Side shelter, Chicago police report says

CHICAGO — A Venezuelan migrant is facing charges for allegedly trying to bring two boxes of rifle ammunition into a city-run shelter. It’s the second time he’s been arrested since December. Meanwhile, another “new neighbor” in Chicago managed to get charged with felony retail theft at Macy’s twice this month.

The ammo arrest was made at the former Wadsworth Elementary School, 6420 South University, which now serves as one of the city’s migrant shelters. A migrant was shot during an altercation with another migrant outside the shelter in November.

A shelter manager called police after Luis Jose Linarez-Nunez set off the metal detector while entering the building around 11 a.m. on February 22, a Chicago police report said.

Staff members found a box containing 20 rounds of .22-caliber rifle rounds in his waistband and another box of 20 rounds in his pants pocket, the report said. 

He’s charged with misdemeanor possession of ammunition without a license.

Luis Jose Linarez Nunez and a box of Remington 220 rifle ammunition. (Chicago Police Department, Remington)

Linarez-Nunez was AWOL at the time from a misdemeanor shoplifting charge he picked up on December 16 near the Mag Mile. In that case, Nordstrom Rack employees said they saw him take a backpack from the shelves, stuff it with four items, and walk out.

A judge put out a warrant for his arrest when he failed to show up for court on January 16. He has been detained since he was arrested at the shelter. That may change when he appears before the judge handling the shoplifting case on Tuesday.

Repeat performance?

It’s not easy to get charged with felony retail theft in Cook County. But Samuel Castro-Yanez, a 19-year-old Venezuelan migrant living at the Standard Club shelter in the Loop, has managed to do it twice in February.

Both arrests occurred at Macy’s, 111 North State.

On February 7, loss prevention officers detained Castro-Yanez after he took a shopping bag from an unattended register and filled it with $1,139 worth of clothing, according to a sheriff’s office report.

Among the items he allegedly took on that 47° day were a pair of Nautica swimming trunks and shirts, pants, jeans, and other clothing from Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, the report said.

Judge Kelly McCarthy released him from custody the next day.

A second sheriff’s office report said he returned to Macy’s with a partner on February 23. The men took a shopping bag from an unattended sales area and filled it with clothing, primarily t-shirts, with a total value of $1,370, according to the report.

The men allegedly told sheriff’s officers they “needed clothes for themselves.”

Judge Robert Kuzas denied the state’s pretrial release revocation petition in the first shoplifting matter and released Castro-Yanez on Monday.

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