CHICAGO (CBS) — A felon with a history of burglary and theft convictions has been charged with robbing a Magnificent Mile department store at gunpoint in January, and then snatching a ring from an employee’s hand at a jewelry store on the same block nearly a month later.
Todd Howe, 51, of Elmwood, has been charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of theft.READ MORE: Water Pressure Falls To Half Normal Levels Amid Ongoing Water Crisis In Dixmoor
Police said, shortly before noon on Jan. 24, he walked into a department store on the 900 block of North Michigan Avenue, pointed a gun at a male employee, and stole several items.READ MORE: Chicago Police Restrict Time Off For Officers; Unclear If Order Is Related To Battle Between City Hall, FOP Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
Around 1:50 p.m. on Feb. 23, Howe allegedly went into a jewelry store on the same block, and while being shown a ring, grabbed it from an employee’s hand and ran out of the store.
A fugitive apprehension team arrested Howe Thursday morning in Cicero. He was due to appear in bond court Friday afternoon.MORE NEWS: Artist Nate Baranowski Uses Chalk Art To Bring Halloween Festivity To Howard Street In Rogers Park
Police said Howe is a convicted felon, but did not provide details of his criminal history. According to Illinois Department of Corrections records, he is on parole for a 2016 retail theft charge, for which he was sentenced to 3 years in prison. IDOC records also show previous convictions for burglary, retail theft, criminal damage to state property, aggravated fleeing, attempted aggravated carjacking, and stalking; dating back as far as 1990.