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Thieves of lawn equipment from Soldier Field will not be detained due to SAFE-T Act

Adrian Holman
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Authorities are still looking for thieves that broke into Soldier Field overnight last Wednesday and stole over $100,000 worth of lawn equipment. The equipment was supposed to be used to cut the grass before the Chicago Fire game last Saturday, but they played the game without any issues.

As of now, there are no leads on who took the lawn equipment. Plus, people are still attempting to figure out how the thieves were able to steal over 20 lawn mowers and John Deere "Gators" without alerting security. This incident is starting to smell like an inside job.

Nevertheless, the saddest part about this theft is that when authorities apprehend the criminals that pilfered the equipment, the authorities will not be able to detain any of these thieves based upon the no-cash bail portion of the SAFE-T Act that became law within the state of Illinois one week ago.

Theft of any sort is now a non-detainable offense under the SAFE-T Act. When the authorities eventually nab the offenders, then all that the authorities will be able to do is give the thieves a court date similar to a parking ticket.

The thieves more than likely waited until this law came into effect before stealing the lawn equipment. Plus, the SAFE-T Act already has precedent because a DuPage County judge let a man go last week that stole over $70,000 worth of merchandise after he was apprehended.

For the ones that stole the lawn equipment from Soldier Field and for all of the people that are plotting to commit crimes within the Land of Lincoln, Christmas arrived three months earlier than usual this year because of the SAFE-T Act.

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