Man who got probation for a burglary committed while he was on probation for burglary is now charged with 3 more burglaries

Jonathan Hernandez (Chicago Police Department, Multiplottr)

CHICAGO — A man who received probation for committing a burglary while on probation for burglary in 2020 has been arrested again. Prosecutors say he committed three burglaries in Roscoe Village.

Chicago police recently arrested Jonathan Hernandez, 29, after a woman saw him near the 3200 block of North Paulina and realized he was the guy seen on wanted posters posted in her alley, a CPD report said.

Surveillance videos showed Hernandez forcing his way into three garages to steal bikes in April, according to the report. He’s charged with taking an electric bike from a garage in the 3300 block of North Leavitt on April 23, another bike from a garage in the 1700 block of West Melrose on April 28, and two bikes from a garage in the 3200 block of North Hoyne on April 29.

Judge Charles Beach released him with a nighttime curfew to await trial on three counts of burglary.

In December 2020, Hernandez received 18 months of probation for a burglary in Lincoln Park, even though he was already on probation for two burglaries at the time of the break-in. Prosecutors reduced the charge from burglary to felony theft in a plea deal. In December 2022, his probation was terminated unsatisfactorily, according to court records.

Hernandez was arrested in the 800 block of West Belmont in September 2019 by cops who noticed his distinctive shoes looked a lot like the shoes they saw in surveillance images of a burglar who stole a bike from a garage on the 2500 block of North Wayne a couple of weeks earlier. According to CPD records, one of the officers who spotted Hernandez’s fancy shoes also recognized him from a previous burglary arrest.

One year before that arrest, Hernandez was charged with threatening to shoot an off-duty police officer who confronted him as he allegedly burglarized the cop’s garage on the 3600 block of North Bell.

“I have a gun. I know where you live,” Hernandez allegedly told the officer. “Where do you work?”

Hernandez found out where the officer worked, and he later pleaded guilty to the break-in and another in Lincoln Square. In February 2019, just seven months before he’d be arrested for burglary again, Judge Catherine Haberkorn sentenced him to 18 months of probation on a reduced charge of theft.

Shortly before his encounter with the off-duty cop, Hernandez unsatisfactorily completed two years of probation that he received for stealing a bike from a garage in the 2600 block of North Mildred in April 2016, according to court records.

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