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Two Area Burglars Arrested, One After Edgewater Package Theft Sting

Darrell Thomas and Idius Walker

Police have arrested two men with criminal records after both were caught red-handed with stolen merchandise. One of those arrests came after area police conducted a sting to apprehend a growing epidemic of stolen packages from local residences.

Last Friday, 24th District police conducted a sting in Edgewater in attempts to lure package thieves preying on area homes. According to our friends at CWBChicago.com, authorities were interested in a particular person who has been perpetrating the crime repeatedly.

Two decoy packages were left in the front of a building on the 6100 block of N. Winthrop while police watched a real-time camera feed from a distance. At around 3 a.m. on March 8th, 45-year-old Darrell Thomas of Edgewater illegally forced his way into the building and took the packages. Police were waiting for him as he left the building and quickly arrested him.

Thomas is charged with felony possession of burglary tools and two felony counts of burglary for package thefts. One count for the sting that landed him behind bars and one for another incident reported on Jan. 29th also on Winthrop Ave. Judge Mary Marubio set his bail at $3,000.

Another man, 40-year-old Idius Walker from Oak Park, was also arrested after committing burglaries in Edgewater last Thursday.

Chicago police, who responded to a burglary-in-progress call around 4 p.m. on March 7 in the 6000 block of N. Paulina, found a man running from the scene carrying a back pack. Officers apprehended Walker nearby and found items stolen from the burglaries in the bag including jewelry, cash, and coins.

Though Walker told police he had found the bag on the street, they are making the case that he stole the items from two different apartments in the building and that he was caught after trying to break into a third apartment. After arresting Walker, they also learned he was the man wanted for attempting to run over an officer with a vehicle after fleeing another burglary on Jan. 19 in Norwood Park.

Judge Mary Marubio has ordered Walker to be held without bail and he is charged with felony aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, felony attempted burglary, and three felony counts of burglary.

It was additionally reported that both men have criminal pasts. Thomas has been sent to jail several times for multiple burglaries since 1993 and went to jail in 1998 for aggravated battery of police. Walker also went to jail several times for burglaries since 1999 and served additional jail time for obstruction of justice and forgery.


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