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Alleged mobster indicted after undercover sting

A 67-year-old man who authorities believe is a member of Chicago's Grand Avenue crew was taken into police custody on Dec. 21. According to a 26-page indictment, the alleged crew soldier was caught attempting to purchase eight firearms including an AK-47 and an Uzi. The incident occurred in a South Loop deli and involved an undercover agent.

The accused man met with undercover agents several times during the month of December. The meetings were recorded, and authorities say that some of the accused man's recorded statements indicated that he was planning to steal about $750,000 from an elderly lawyer's home safe. A federal agent and an informant talked to the man about the alleged robbery scheme at a Wicker Park restaurant and bar on Dec. 16.

According to the criminal report, the accused man discussed how he would get the lawyer to open his safe. He allegedly stated that he would threaten the man with a butane torch as he had done to other people in the past. Undercover agents allegedly recorded the man admitting that he is a top-ranking member of his crew and taking responsibility for a murder that occurred in November.

Not all recorded evidence is admissible in court, and an experienced criminal law attorney may be able to help a defendant to have recorded statements dismissed. People who are being confronted by authorities with recordings and asked to admit responsibility for alleged crimes may want to invoke their constitutional right to remain silent until an attorney is present to represent them.

Source: Chicago Patch, "Alleged Mobster Said He Would Use Blowtorch to Force Lawyer to Open Safe: Feds", Joe Vince, Dec. 23, 2016

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