Migrant, Chicagoan plead guilty in theft of radio from Chicago police station

Elvis Antunez, top, and Diomedes Torres-Hidalgo. (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A Chicago man and a Venezuelan migrant have pleaded guilty to participating in the theft of a CPD officer’s radio from the front desk of a Near West Side police station.

Elvis Antunez, 31, entered the station at 1412 South Blue Island around 6:40 a.m. on September 6 and ran out with a police radio that had been sitting on the front desk, officials claimed.

Diomedes Torres-Hidalgo, a 23-year-old migrant living at or near the police station lobby at the time, allegedly ran into the path of police officers who were chasing Antunez, apparently in an attempt to help him get away, police said.

When officers tried to arrest Torres-Hidalgo, he evaded them and was nearly struck by a passing cement truck, police said in his arrest report.

Officers caught Atunez about a block from the station.

Torres-Hidalgo pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor resisting, a charge that was reduced from a felony, according to court records. Judge Thomas Byrne sentenced him to 193 days, which he had already served by being on electronic monitoring while the case was pending.

Antunez pleaded guilty to felony theft earlier this year. Byrne sentenced him to 24 months of probation and 100 hours of community service. He must earn a GED, submit to random drug testing and drug treatment, and submit DNA for indexing by law enforcement, court records show.

Similar thefts of police radios were reported last year after the Chicago Police Department encrypted the bulk of its radio transmissions, making it impossible for the public to listen to police activity in real time.

Just a month before the Near West incident, a similar radio theft occurred at the Near North (18th) District station, 1160 North Larrabee. At about 8:30 a.m. on August 13, a teenage boy stepped into the lobby, reached between two people filing a traffic crash report, and snatched a radio from the front desk, a CPD report said. That thief got away.

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