A Chicago thief set a new record for criminal behavior according to a Chicago media outlet. CWB Chicago is the most consistent media outlet covering crime in Chicago. They think Izarious Cannon, 22, set a new record when he was caught with 38 stolen catalytic converters.
“Thirty-eight catalytic converters inside the car?” a stunned Judge Maryam Ahmad asked a prosecutor during Cannon’s bail hearing yesterday. “Yes,” replied Assistant State’s Attorney Alexander Konetzki.
According to CWB Chicago: “Chicago cops have allegedly found people hauling twelve, twenty-four, even twenty-six stolen catalytic converters around town. But this may be a new record: Izarious Cannon, 22, is accused of having 38 stolen catalytic converters inside his car at a West Side gas station Thursday afternoon.”
In April 2020 The Chicago Tribune reported:
“The Chicago Community Bond Fund also paid $5,000 in February 2019 to bail out Izarious Cannon, who had allegedly stuck a gun in the face of a supermarket worker and threatened to shoot him if he did not hand over his money and iPhone, records show.
“I am still afraid two years later,” said Milton Berrezueta, whom Cannon allegedly robbed in August 2018.
“It’s not good for a charity to free someone, because he’s just going to hurt someone else.
“Cannon went on to be charged in separate felony cases with driving a stolen car and possessing ammunition, and delivery of cocaine and fentanyl.
“He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and awaits trial on drug charges as well as the earlier armed robbery charge.
“While not directly addressing specific cases cited by the Tribune, the two charities said the newspaper was highlighting examples with poor outcomes.
“The groups’ efforts, they say, are beginning to reverse a historic racial injustice by assisting many people of color who are presumed innocent but cannot afford bond.
“The charities say their aim is to level the judicial playing field by making it possible for these released defendants to care for their families, return to their jobs and prepare their defenses.
“In Tribune interviews, leaders of both charities said they were transparent with the public and donors about the serious felony charges facing many of the detainees they bail out.
“Matthew McFarland, a regional operations manager for The Bail Project, said:
“I think we represent ourselves accurately. How we represent our efforts and mission are very clear.
“The message is to help people too poor to pay their own bail.
“We’re charge agnostic,” McFarland added. “We are operating off the presumption of innocence.”
“I think that we are forthright. We’re very clear whenever we’re asked that we don’t make distinctions based on charge,” said Sharlyn Grace, executive director of the Chicago Community Bond Fund.