Would-be ATM thieves plead guilty. One gets probation, the other gets 5 years.

CHICAGO — Two men accused of trying to use a truck to rip an ATM out of a North Side residential building have pleaded guilty, but they received much different sentences.

Bernardino Garcia, previously convicted of 12 felonies, received a five-year prison sentence. His alleged accomplice, Arvin Basilio, received probation.

Surveillance video showed three men trying to wrestle the ATM from its mounts after breaking through the back door of an apartment complex in the 7000 block of North Kedzie in September 2022.

But when the machine refused to budge, the men allegedly tied straps around it and attempted to pull it off its mountings with a vehicle. They gave up when the straps broke.

Bernardino Garcia, left, and Arvin Basilio (Chicago Police Department)

Three weeks later, Basilio and another man returned to the building and tried to pry open the package room door, prosecutors said. But it wouldn’t budge. So, the duo allegedly kicked and punched a hole in a wall next to the door and climbed through the hole to access the room and steal packages.

Police identified Basilio first because his distinctive hand tattoos were visible in surveillance footage, and he lowered his mask during the second break-in, prosecutors alleged after he was arrested.

Investigators identified Garcia several months later by matching surveillance images to a law enforcement database, officials said. Sheriff’s deputies arrested him when they showed up to evict him from his home and realized that he was a wanted man.

Garcia’s 12 convictions aren’t for small-time stuff: eleven are for armed robbery, and the twelfth is for conspiracy to commit murder, according to state records. In the conspiracy case, he was accused of participating in a gang’s plan to kidnap, murder, and dismember a rival gang member, according to prosecutors and a 2002 Chicago Tribune report.

Garcia and his co-conspirators met at Welles Park in Ravenswood and hatched a plan to kidnap the rival member, force him to reveal his drug stash hiding place, and then kill him and dismember his body, the report said. Police were secretly monitoring the conversation and put the kibosh on those plans.

Judge Shelley Sutker-Dermer sentenced Garcia in the burglary case. He is expected to be paroled in July 2025. Judge Michell Gemskie sentenced Basilio. His probation terms include random drug testing, according to court filings.

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