Chicago: 15-time convicted thief charged with robbing Westloop business (again)


CHICAGO — An occupational robber on parole for breaking into seven West Loop businesses in 2018 is back in prison today after being charged with breaking into four West Loop businesses, including three, since September. I was.

“I can’t help but notice the number of robberies he’s committed,” Judge Charles Beach said of Robert Payne at his bail hearing on Sunday.

That’s right.

Since 1978, Payne has been sentenced to a combined 119 years in prison, although many of his sentences were served concurrently.

Robert Payne | CPD

Most recently, in 2018, he received seven concurrent nine-year prison sentences for robbery. All but one of these robberies occurred in West Loop.

On Sunday, prosecutors charged him with robbing three more West Loop businesses and one West Town business. Chicago police officers, perhaps predictably, recognized him from surveillance video of the break-in.

Assistant State Attorney Liana Vianat told Payne:

  • On September 20th, he broke open the back door of a store on the 900 block in West Van Buren and stole cash and a small safe.
  • On October 13, he smashed the windshield of a store on the 1700 block of West Chicago Avenue and stole a computer charger.
  • I broke the deadbolt on the door of a business on the 400th block of North Ada and got my laptop on October 16th.
  • On October 30th, they broke open the back door of a 1500 block West Carroll business and stole two laptops.

Biernat said the video showed Payne’s face at each robbery, and that he fled one of the crimes in a registered car.

Chicago police arrested Payne last week near his home in Old Town.

His public defender, Sugin Farber, said he lives with his family and works for a cleaning company. He said he had a lifelong substance abuse problem.

Judge Beach ordered Payne to post a bond of $7,500 as bail to allow him to return home. Separately, Beach held Payne without bail on a warrant for possessing a car stolen in Oak Park.

In 2018, Chicago Police Department detectives arrested Payne after literally walking past him when he went to West Loop’s business to pick up surveillance video of the break-in they were investigating.

According to police records, he had a cordless grinder, two pry bars, two watches, 17 gold rings, three silver rings, 16 metal rings, and three West Loop lawyers’ concealed mobile licenses. Had from different states.

Among the businesses Payne was accused of robbing in West Loop that year were: nurseries; shared office spaces; construction companies; freelance talent agencies; law firms; cloud migration companies; Trophy shop, data recovery company. A school that specializes in education based on social justice. A video production company in River North was named as one of his victims that year.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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