Jicheng Liu, a 36-year-old Chinese national was considered by many as the most prolific serial burglar and hoarder of stolen property in Cook County. But it’s what he did to anyone who he believed crossed him for attempting to stop his million dollar crime spree that has shocked even the most seasoned prosecutors.
“It shocked the police, it shocked the State’s Attorney office and anyone that was connected with it, “ says Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jim Lynch.
Police recovered a mountain of evidence in Lui’s rented Lincoln Park townhouse. Piles of stolen packages, bicycles, golf clubs and other stolen property were stacked to the ceiling. They even discovered five storage units rented by Lui that were jammed from top to bottom with stolen items.
“When all the dust settled, Chicago police were able to clear well over hundred cases, “ Lynch added. “It took up the greater part of a Chicago police station with the amount of stolen property recovered.”
Authorities say Lui also cyberstalked his victims using personal information from the packages he stole. All officers on the case were targets, with an internet posting accusing one officer of molesting kids and another of dealing drugs.
“I think there’s something wrong with him. He’s crazy,” says one victim who does not want to be identified.
After serving four years of an eight-year prison sentence for being convicted of residential burglary, cyber stalking and criminal damage to property, Liu was released by the Illinois Department of Corrections on February 11th but was immediately turned over to the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pending a removal proceeding.
Now victims say they fear Liu will seek asylum to stay right here in the United States.
“ He’s a menace to society and he does not belong here,” added a victim.
Lynch agreed, saying: “I don’t believe there is a place in this country for people that are here illegally and present a danger to the community.”
“He needs to be deported and as a group of victims we will pay for his one way ticket back to China,” added a victim.