Neighbors capture four-time burglar breaking into Chicago home. It doesn’t end well for the criminal.

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CHICAGO, IL – What happens when you have already served two prison sentences for burglary, and are serving a third stint? Apparently, you get out for early for good behavior. At least you do in Illinois.

And what do you do with this new opportunity at life and freedom? Well, keep breaking into houses, I guess. 

Case in point: Delvon McCune. 

According to Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown, around 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, a man told police that he found McCune in his home, chased him outside, and caught him on the 1100 block of West Roscoe. A second man then joined in to help the victim hold onto McClune. 

Police arrived and took McClune into custody. A judge ordered him held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Someone passing by caught the incident and posted photos on Facebook. The poster said in the online post:

“These guys are heroes. I love this neighborhood…We are dealing with things so much bigger right now anyway.”

Others went to McCune’s Facebook page to heckle him.

Neighbors capture four-time burglar breaking into Chicago home.  It doesn't end well for the criminal.
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The 28-year-old was convicted in 2012 for three separate burglary charges and went to prison to serve one six-year term and two concurrent six-year stays. Shortly after being released, he was arrested again. 

In Sept. 2016, a woman called police after she saw McCune trying to enter an apartment from the fire escape of her building on the 800 block of West Aldine.

Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced him to a 75-month prison term in October 2017.  McCune was released in November of last year after receiving credit for time served in jail awaiting trial and Illinois’ standard 50% prison sentence reduction for good behavior.

Apparently, Illinois isn’t too concerned with recidivism rates. 

 In one of his previous arrests, police tell Law Enforcement Today that when he was taken into custody, he was in possession of  the following stolen items:

• one Macbook Air
• one iPhone
• two Macbooks
• one iPad
• two iPad chargers
• Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card 
• Chase Sapphire Preferred Card 
• Ventra card
• Zenefits card
• Illinois Driver’s license 
• Gold butterfly pendant
• Blue and black metal bracelet
• 20 small bags of suspected marijuana.

I would echo the sentiments of the original Facebook poster if I lived near Wrigley Field. I would love being in a neighborhood where neighbors get involved by doing the right thing, intervening until police can arrive and take over the situation.   

Fortunately, this happens far more frequently than the mainstream media reports. 

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An Omaha man who lives just a few blocks from the Hy-Vee where shots were fired earlier this moth, had stopped at the 180th and Q location last night to pick up some empty boxes to use for his six new puppies.

Then he heard gunfire.

Law Enforcement Today has learned from investigators that 21-year-old Jacob Muhle had fired a number of shots at cars and inside the grocery store.

“I took two steps in and heard ‘pop-pop.’ Turned around and saw a kid with a gun shooting at cars. I ran back in and said, ‘shooter. Get down,” Tom Wenzl said.

Over the years, Wenzl, of Omaha, thought long and hard about what he would do if he ever found himself in an active shooter situation.

“There are some tough things that have happened in my life and brought me to that point. I also said that when the Von Maur shooting happened. What would I do? I’m not one who runs away,” said Wenzl.

“When he went left, I hauled ass. The first checkout had a cart. Same for the second check-out. The 3rd one was empty. I boogied in there. I hunkered down — he was in 5 or 6 — I crouched and waited. When he came through, that’s when I tackled him,” said Wenzl.

Deputy Chief Scott Gray had been shopping last night at the Hy-Vee and heard the shots. He rushed over to secure the suspect’s gun — and broke some bones in his hand in the process.

“Most important thing is no one was seriously injured. Only minor injuries. We are really fortunate this situation didn’t turn out worse,” Gray said.

“He said ‘two more seconds and that kid would be dead. I had him in my sights and ready to pull,'” said Wenzl. “I asked him why was doing this and he kept saying, ‘you’re not a hero. You’re not a hero.’ I don’t think he intended to shoot anyone. I think he wanted death by cop.”

Wenzl certainly doesn’t consider himself a hero.

He just reacted. Instinct took over. He had wrestled as a young man and was a bouncer and worked security over the years.

Deputy Chief Gray, as well as many people social media pages, agree, what Tom did was heroic, saving lives.

The alleged shooter lives with his father a few blocks from the grocery store. The elder Muhle learned of the incident when he arrived home Tuesday night and police were at his house.

“I’m still trying to figure out why he did it,” Richard Muhle said Wednesday. “He’s got severe depression, and I think that he was trying to get someone to shoot him.”

Richard Muhle said his son does maintenance work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. (UNO said Muhle worked for a company contracted by the university to manage student housing, but he no longer is employed there.)

Muhle has been booked on a number of charges including attempted felony assault. Fortunately, this incident went without major injury or death to anyone.

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