Paroled burglar burglarized a Ravenswood home while wearing an ankle monitor for yet another burglary: prosecutors

Kevin Purdis (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A Chicago man on parole for residential burglary and on electronic monitoring for three more residential burglaries he allegedly committed while on that parole is back in custody, accused of burglarizing yet another home while wearing his ankle monitor.

Let’s start at the beginning, though: May 2019. That’s when prosecutors charged Kevin Purdis with burglarizing a Lincoln Park home while he was on electronic monitoring for allegedly using credit cards that were taken during burglaries. He sat in jail until a judge agreed to let him out due to concerns about the dangers of the COVID pandemic.

Four months later, he was arrested again after police said they found $4,000 worth of looting proceeds in his car on the Near North Side. He put all those cases to rest in October 2021: Judge Diana Kenworthy sentenced him to two years for one ID theft case. Prosecutors dropped others. Records show he received six years for the Lincoln Park burglary and one year for stealing the looted merchandise. He was released in April 2022.

Last March, still on parole, he was arrested in the 200 block of West Division after Chicago police officers recognized him as a man who had just burglarized a home in North Center. Patrol officers stopped Purdis and found collector coins, jewelry, a Nintendo Switch, an iPad, and a PlayStation 5 taken earlier in the day from a home in the 1900 block of West Patterson, officials said.

Using surveillance video, detectives also linked Purdis to an August 12, 2022, burglary in the 3200 block of North Damen and another in the 900 block of West Cornelia on January 23, prosecutors alleged.

Despite his background, the Illinois Department of Corrections decided not to revoke his parole, and he went home on an ankle monitor.

GPS readings from that ankle monitor are now being used as evidence against Purdis. Prosecutors say he burglarized a Ravenswood woman’s home on March 12 while wearing the device.

Surveillance videos showed him near the woman’s home in the 2100 block of West Argyle, prosecutors say. Chicago cops also found a video of him trying to use the victim’s credit card at a Target store and pawning her collectible coins at a pawn shop immediately after the break-in, according to court filings.

Judge Maryam Ahmad granted the state’s detention petition, reasoning that he’s a safety risk because “he continues to unlawfully enter homes.”

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