A burglary suspect in a Chicago suburb was released from jail Thursday, after allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars in items from a high-end boutique.

The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a Facebook post that Terry Johnson, 30, was released from jail Thursday after allegedly stealing $68,000 in merchandise from Kelsey Resale Boutique in Hinsdale, Illinois, May 24.

An investigation revealed that Johnson and six accomplices broke into the store with a sledgehammer at 1:19 a.m., and then stole an assortment of purses and other merchandise. 

A judge ordered that Johnson wear a GPS monitoring device and remain at least 1,000 feet away from the boutique. He’s being charged with armed violence and burglary.

ILLINOIS WOMAN CHARGED WITH ATTACKING CHICAGO POLICE OFFICERS RELEASED ON NO CASH BAIL THANKS TO NEW STATE LAW

The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a Facebook post that Terry Johnson, 30, was released from jail Thursday after allegedly stealing $68,000 in merchandise from Kelsey Resale Boutique in Hinsdale, Ill., May 24. (DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office)

The suspects fled the area afterward, but investigators found blood evidence near the front door, which was sent for analysis.

A DNA profile consistent with Johnson was returned Aug. 15.

Johnson was taken into custody on Sept. 20 without incident and released one day later. He is on parole for armed robbery and aggravated battery out of Cook County, prosecutors said.

ILLINOIS SHERIFFS BRACE FOR FALLOUT OF ‘AMERICA’S MOST DANGEROUS LAW’ AFTER STATE SUPREME COURT ENDS CASH BAIL

Chicago deadly OIS scene

Johnson was taken into custody Sept. 20 without incident and released one day later. (FOX 32 Chicago)

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement that Johnson’s release shows an issue with the newly-passed SAFE-T Act, which eliminates cash bail.

The portion of the bill eliminating cash bail took effect Monday.

CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“The fact that Mr. Johnson, who is currently on parole and now accused of a forcible felony, will be out on the streets pending his trial illustrates a deficiency in the new law,” Berlin said. “I have been saying all along that after hearing the facts and circumstances of a case, a judge, not the legislature, is in the best position to decide if pre-trial release for a defendant is appropriate. 

“This morning, while Judge Dieden expressed his concern over the implementation of the law, his hands were tied as he was required by law to release Mr. Johnson pre-trial because the forcible felony of burglary is excluded from the list of detainable offenses under a dangerousness standard unless there is use of force against another person.”

Johnson’s next court date is Oct. 16.

Source link

You May Also Like

Blinken calls U.S.-China relationship

A day after President Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in…

L.A. City Council members, California assemblywoman arrested as hotel workers protest

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Hugo Soto-Martínez and Nithya Raman and Assemblywoman Wendy…

On New Year's Eve, DeSantis urges crowd to defy odds and help him 'win the Iowa caucuses'

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — To underscore how much Iowa means to…

As Sam Bankman-Fried trial reaches closing arguments, jurors must assess a spectacle of hubris

It was a high-stakes gamble with almost everything on the line, and…