Second man charged in series of burglaries at multiple stores including Mag Mile Burberry

CHICAGO (SCS) — A western suburban man has been charged with a series of ‘smash and grab’ burglaries that cost several Chicago businesses more than $180,000 over a period of more than three months, just weeks after the attack on the group. accused ringleader was also charged.

Dion Butts, 24, of Hillside, has been charged with 10 burglary counts in a string of burglaries along Michigan Avenue and other parts of the city, Chicago police say.

He was arrested on Sunday, after being identified as one of several people who broke into several businesses across the city, taking more than $180,000 in goods and cash between late November and early February.

The burglaries occurred at the following locations, according to CPD:

  • Block 6100 of West Diversey Avenue – November 26, 2021
  • Block 1500 of North Cicero Avenue – November 26, 2021
  • West Division Street Block 2000 – November 26, 2021
  • 600 block of N. Michigan Ave. (18th arrondissement) – January 4 and 6, 2022
  • Block 2900 of N. Broadway (19th Ward) – January 6, 2022
  • Block 400 of W. Belmont (19th arrondissement) – January 6, 2022
  • Block 1100 of W. 18th St. (12th District) – January 14, 2022
  • Block 3600 of W. 26th St. (10th District) – January 17, 2022
  • 5800 block of W. North Ave. (25th arrondissement) – February 3, 2022

The charges against Butts come more than a month after police and prosecutors announced charges against the accused ringleader of the group responsible for the burglaries, Tacarre Harper, 24, of Maywood.

As CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reported last month, Harper was charged with nine counts of burglary as part of a series of nine “smash and grab” burglaries.

Harper was shot dead in a South End Austin home by the elite Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.

A source tells CBS 2 investigators that Harper may have overseen 100 break-ins — and we’re told that number may be conservative.

Prosecutors say Harper not only admitted to the most recent crimes he was charged with, but also reported himself in photos taken from store surveillance video.

His two biggest burglaries – totaling $150,000 – stemmed from two burglaries at the Burberry store on Michigan Avenue on January 4 and 6, prosecutors said.

On January 4, Harper – along with two others – shot at the door of the Magnificent Mile luxury store until the front door opened, prosecutors said. They stole shoes and handbags from the display, totaling $70,000.

On Jan. 6, Harper returned to Burberry, opening the front door the same way — pulling on it until it opened, prosecutors said. On that occasion, Harper came with two or three other people and seized purses, purses and coats totaling $80,000, prosecutors said.

In addition to the Mag Mile Burberry store robberies, Harper is charged with at least seven other retail robberies that targeted gaming and liquor stores in various parts of the city, including East Lakeview, Logan Square, Wicker Park, Belmont Cragin, Belnont Central and North Austin. In addition to the Mag Mile robberies, the other robberies in which Harper is accused occurred at the following locations and dates:

• November 26, 2021, in the 6100 block of West Diversey Avenue;
• November 26, 2021, in the 1500 block of North Cicero Avenue;
• November 26, 2021, in the 2000 block of West Division Street;
• November 26, 2021, in the 3900 block of West Diversey Avenue;
• December 28, 2021, in the 4900 block of West Fullerton Avenue;
• January 6, 2022, in the 2900 block of North Broadway;
• January 2, 2022, in the 400 block of West Belmont Avenue.

Butts is now charged with seven of those robberies, although Butts and Harper are also charged with separate burglaries.

A search warrant for Harper’s phone showed footage of the stolen merchandise. Prosecutors say Harper even posted videos of himself with co-defendants on Facebook.

Prosecutors also said Harper didn’t just wear very distinctive clothing during the crimes — a Hood Rich sweatshirt during some burglaries and a Mickey Mouse t-shirt during others.

Harper has a criminal record dating back to 2013. He has previous charges of domestic violence, identity theft and retail theft, and there were already four warrants for his arrest when he was arrested.

Last month, Superintendent of Police. David Brown said the collaboration between the Chicago Police Department’s Organized Retail Theft Task Force, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement partners law is behind the arrests and charges in this case.

“They followed every lead and used every tool at our disposal — including technological resources and POD video cameras to track these offenders,” Brown said.

Harper is being held in Cook County Jail on $200,000 bond.

Butts is due in bond court on Monday afternoon.


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