Wrigleyville robber who dumped stolen car at police station was arrested in another stolen car case 3 weeks earlier: court records

CHICAGO — An 18-year-old man charged with robbing a Wrigleyville resident at gunpoint and dumping his stolen getaway car in a nearby Chicago Police Department parking lot had been placed on pretrial release for another stolen motor vehicle case less than three weeks earlier, according to court records.

Kalvin White, 18, and three juveniles were all arrested at the Addison Red Line station shortly after the early morning robbery last Thursday. He is now being detained as a public safety threat.

Back on March 20, Chicago police officers arrested White after he was allegedly seen exiting a stolen Hyundai Sonata in the 900 block of West 86th Street. The vehicle had been taken from a woman who lives in the 3900 block of North Janssen in Lakeview, according to CPD records.

White, charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing to a vehicle, was released from the police station.

Then, just before 5 a.m. on April 11, White, a 13-year-old boy, and two 16-year-old boys arrived in Lakeview in yet another stolen Hyundai, according to prosecutors. Freshly stolen from the 1000 block of West Buena, its steering column had been peeled.

Kalvin White and the Town Hall District station’s parking lot. (Chicago Police Department, Google)

As the group reached the 900 block of West Waveland, they jumped out and robbed a 37-year-old man, prosecutors say. According to the allegations, the crew went through the man’s pockets, held him at gunpoint, and then struck him in the back of the head with the weapon.

Then, they returned to the stolen Hyundai and drove. But they didn’t go far. For some reason, they bailed out of the car at the mouth of a parking lot behind the Town Hall (19th) District police station, 850 West Addison.

Surveillance camera footage from the lot allowed police to provide suspect descriptions to officers in the field. They found White standing inside the Addison CTA station mezzanine, according to his arrest report. He bolted to the platform, then tried to escape via the station’s south entrance, the report said, but the cops caught him at the turnstile.

Prosecutors said police found the victim’s keys, iPhone, AirPods, and an ATM receipt from the victim’s account in his jacket pocket. He also had a flathead screwdriver and a pocket knife, items police concluded may have been used to steal the abandoned Hyundai.

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