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Authorities: Man posing as worker accused of stealing fest donations

Authorities: Man posing as worker accused of stealing fest donations
Authorities: Man posing as worker accused of stealing fest donatio (Tribune illustration)

A Chicago man pretended to work at a North Side street festival Saturday so he could stuff hundreds of dollars in admission donations into his pocket, authorities said.

Christopher Urban, 39, was arrested and charged with theft about 5 p.m. Saturday at the Northside

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Summerfest

on Lincoln Avenue at

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Irving Park
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Road in the

North Center

neighborhood, police said.

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Urban approached employees of the event company running the festival and said he would relieve them so they could take a break, according to a police report. A security guard then watched as Urban dipped into the box containing admission money and shoved the cash into his pocket, police said.

The security guard and an off-duty police officer who was also guarding the event approached Urban, and he tried to walk off before he was detained, according to the police report. His pocket contained $658, mostly $5 bills matching the festival’s suggested donation, police said.

A manager for the event company told officers that Urban, of the 7700 block of West Birchwood Avenue, was not an employee, police said.

On Sunday, Cook County Judge James Brown gave Urban a $10,000 recognizance bond.

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