Man charged with burglarizing 2 more Wrigleyville bars

Tommie Hoskins and a video frame from the Nisei Lounge burglary footage. (Chicago Police Department, Nisei Lounge)

CHICAGO—The man charged with burglarizing two Wrigleyville bars last month is now accused of burglarizing two other bars in the neighborhood last September.

Prosecutors say Chicago police identified Tommie Hoskins, 29, as the prowler who broke into Cubby Bear, 1059 West Addison, and Nisei Lounge, 3439 North Sheffield, on September 15.

At Cubby Bear, he allegedly broke through the rear door and went through cash drawers. He took cash at Nisei, officials said.

Nisei Lounge released surveillance video of the burglary a few days later. It showed a man pushing through a front glass panel to enter the bar shortly after 7 a.m. The Cubby Bear had been targeted a couple of hours earlier.

Chicago police arrested Hoskins to face the new charges last week as he left a court appearance in the already-pending cases.

Those allegations involve break-ins at Slugger’s World Class Sports Bar, 3540 North Clark, and HVAC, directly across the street, on February 5.

Officers surrounded Slugger’s after receiving a burglary call and arrested Hoskins as he walked out the side entrance, according to a CPD arrest report. Hoskins forced his way through a vent to gain access to the bar, police said. The report said he had an iPad, a bag containing “miscellaneous items,” and six wallets containing IDs and credit cards from various people.

Officials said in court filings that he was carrying six wallets when the police arrested him, containing IDs and licenses issued to women in New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Illinois, as well as credit cards, a Social Security card, and other documents.

He remains on electronic monitoring.

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