Burglar who stole gun from FBI agent’s apartment got caught within 3 hours: Chicago police report

Tyler Whitaker (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — On the list of bad ideas, burglarizing an FBI agent’s home would undoubtedly rank highly. But that doesn’t mean some people won’t try. Officials say Tyler Whitaker is one of those people.

Around 7:41 a.m. on Monday, March 11, someone entered an FBI agent’s apartment in the first block of East 16th Street in the South Loop and walked out with a Glock 43 handgun, according to a CPD report.

Surveillance video quickly led investigators to the burglar: Whitaker, the apartment building’s 20-year-old security guard, the report said. He was on duty at the time of the theft.

Barely three hours after the burglary, an FBI task force arrested Whitaker at his Near South Side home. The CPD report says he admitted to entering the apartment and taking the gun, which he told police he tossed from his car near Michigan Avenue and Cullerton Street, not far from the apartment building.

FBI personnel went to the intersection, found the gun, and handed it over to the agency, according to the report.

Whitaker, who has no criminal background, is charged with burglary and unlawful use of a weapon. Judge Susana Ortiz released him to await trial.

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