Ya gotta ❤️ it: Serial burglar busted by heart-shaped face tattoo gets 7-year prison sentence

CHICAGO — A serial burglar identified by cops who recognized his distinctive heart-shaped face tattoo has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Three of those years will be for a burglary he committed while on electronic monitoring for the other break-ins.

Last March, prosecutors said Chicago police identified Dantrell Jackson as the serial burglar who stole safes and cash from businesses because surveillance cameras captured images of his unique face tat.

He was charged with breaking into 312 Nails, 500 North State, around 6:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2022 and taking cash while having his mask pulled down to his chin, revealing the ❤️ below his right eye.

Dantrell Jackson (Chicago Police Department)

On February 21, 2023, Jackson and a woman entered the Frida Room, 1454 West 18th, and unsuccessfully tried to break into the safe, officials claimed. After giving up on that, the pair stole cleaning supplies and escaped in a maroon Chevy Impala.

Prosecutors said Jackson broke into Bar Takito, 201 North Morgan, about three weeks later. He collected credit cards from a register and stole two safes from the basement. Cameras also recorded him moving his maroon Chevy Impala closer to the restaurant door so he could load it with the safes.

A few days later, Jackson allegedly hauled a safe out of Smyth and The Loyalist, 177 North Ada, as his face covering slid down to expose his heart tattoo again.

Police arrested Jackson in late March 2023, and he went home on electronic monitoring two days later.

While still wearing the ankle monitor, Jackson burglarized a restaurant in the 2200 block of South Canal in Chinatown on July 13, 2023, taking cash and credit cards. Cops reviewed surveillance video, and you’ve probably figured out how detectives identified him.

Jackson has now pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary. Judge Timothy Joyce handed him four years for each of the first four burglaries. Those sentences will be served concurrently. Joyce gave him three years for the burglary committed while on electronic monitoring. It will be served consecutively.

Those prison terms will be reduced by 50% for good behavior. He’ll also receive credit for his days on electronic monitoring and in jail. He’s currently scheduled to be paroled on September 17, 2026.

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