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Burglar took everything *except* cash from bank near United Center, cops say

Andrew Clark is accused of burglarizing Wintrust Bank — but not of cash. | Google: CPD

A man who has made a career out of burglaries and armed robberies is back in jail, accused of breaking into a bank near the United Center to steal virtually everything except cash.

Andrew Lamont Clark, 52, was arrested at 2 a.m. last Sunday outside of Wintrust Bank, 2 North Western Avenue.

Police said they responded to an alarm at the bank and found Clark in a nearby alley as he stood next to a shopping cart, blender, helium balloon kit, printer toner, and a popcorn machine that had all been removed from the bank, according to a police report.

Nearby POD cameras captured images of Clark entering and leaving the bank twice through its rear door, which had not been properly locked, police said.

Prosecutors charged Clark with one felony count of burglary. Judge Michael Clancy ordered him held in lieu of $3,000 bail, meaning that Clark can go free to await trial by posting a $300 deposit.

State records show that Clark is currently on parole after serving three years of two concurrent 7-year terms for burglaries in 2015. Court records show that Clark was supposed to serve a minimum of 85% of the 7-year sentence—about six years—but he somehow managed to get out after serving only three years.

Before his burglary sentence, Clark was ordered to serve 20 years for armed robbery in 2002, five years for theft from a person in 1999 and seven years for armed robbery in 1996. He was released early and violated his parole with a new felony each time, records show.
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