Jose Clark (EPD photo)

A Chicago man, imprisoned twice before for laundry room burglaries in Evanston, is back in police custody on charges of breaking into another laundry room.

Jose Clark (EPD photo)Police say the latest arrest for Jose Clark Jr. 29, of 1546 W. Jonquil Terrace, came Monday evening when officers on routine patrol in the area of Custer Avenue and Mulford Street spotted Clark, who, they said, appeared to be acting suspiciously.

When officers searched Clark they found he was carrying a backpack filled with tools including a crowbar and screw drivers as well as a large key ring with keys marked for laundry rooms and washing machines.

After Clark made inconsistent statements about why he had the keys, the officers took him to the station for questioning.

Meanwhile, police evidence technicians, processing the scene of an apartment laundry room and storage locker burglary in the 200 block of Ridge Ave. discovered physical evidence which police say implicated Clark in the crime.

He’s now been charged with felony counts of residential burglary and possession of burglary tools. He’s scheduled to appear in Skokie district court Sept. 20.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Laundry Room Burglar

    Is there anyway this person can be  put away for good with a lifetime restraining order that he can’t come within 50 ft of a laudry room 🙂 ? He ripped us of our two bikes and stole some stuff from few other neighbors storage area in the basement. He has been arrested several times and multiple times gone to jail for it.  Shouldn’t  his repeat offence warrant more prison time for him?

    Sincerely an angry Evanstonian.

  2. Cook County system of justice

    You cannot be serious. Prison time? This is Cook County Illinois we are talking about. This man will NEVER see a significant amount of time behind bars. And if he did, somebody, somwhere (most likely a lot of the same people who travel en masse to his court proceedings) will later call "foul". Saying he is falsley imprisoned, a victim of society, misguided, oppressed, rail-roaded, etc. etc. I would suggest better locks…like the Terminator…He’ll be back!

  3. Laundry Room Burglar

      Instead of serious time or punishment, the judge and community leaders will probably recommend that residents undergo anger managment training to get over their problem with a man who the judge and leaders will see as another victum of society with the fault being on the building owners who do not put out money in front of their building for all those who need it can just take.

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