Convenience store burglar skipped court, robbed another convenience store: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say an 18-year-old man never showed up for his court date after they charged him in December with being part of a burglary crew that stole cash registers and cigarettes from a North Side convenience store.

Tyrese Green is back in custody now. Chicago police arrested him after he helped rob another convenience store of cigarettes and cash, according to a CPD report.

We told you about Green’s burglary case after prosecutors filed it in December. Chicago police spotted a stolen Kia occupied by four men wearing ski masks traveling recklessly on the South Side early on December 21.

The car also matched the description of a vehicle that 911 callers reported seeing in a nearby alley minutes earlier as three men broke cash registers. All four occupants bailed out, but officers found Green hiding under a porch with “multiple” packs of tobacco products, according to the officers’ report.

Tyrese Green (Chicago Police Department)

The report said they also found a “large quantity of unopened tobacco products” similar to the items found with Green inside the Kia. And the Kia’s back side window was broken, and its steering column was stripped—trademark signs of a car taken by “Kia Boys.”

The officers said they confirmed it had been stolen from its owner’s driveway in the 1300 block of West Chase and learned that it was at the scene of a burglary at Hollywood Deli, 5700 North Sheridan, earlier that night. Based on that, prosecutors charged Green with being one of the four men who stole cash registers and tobacco products from the store.

Green, who had another misdemeanor theft case pending at the time, was sent home with instructions to show up in court on December 28. According to court records, he didn’t make it to court, and Judge Michele Gemskie issued a warrant for his arrest.

The warrant remained active until Chicago police arrested Green around 5:30 p.m. on February 22 after a 7-Eleven clerk identified him as one of the people who robbed their convenience store in the 3000 block of North Pulaski minutes earlier.

In a detention petition, prosecutors said Green and a juvenile went behind the counter and demanded money. Green pushed the clerk out of the way to get the store’s cash and began putting cigarettes into a distinctive blue bag.

Green then forced the cashier into a back office and tried to make him open the safe, but the clerk couldn’t get it open, so Green, the juvenile, and two accomplices fled, officials said.

Cops arrested Green on a porch in the 3900 block of West Barry after a 911 caller reported suspicious people in the alley. They said he still had the blue bag of Newport cigarettes with him.

Judge Susana Ortiz detained Green as a safety threat, noting in her order that the robbery was caught on video, and Green admitted to participating in the incident.

He is charged with robbery.

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