Night Spies | Night Spies | Chicago Reader

Night Spies 

This week at: Cornelia's Restaurant

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

At one of my first restaurant jobs there was an ex-con who did odd jobs around the place. One day he mysteriously turned up in an office that required a key because of all the money kept there. He asked the manager a question and left. I didn't think anything about it at the time, but later on as I was closing up I went back to the office and there he was, crouching under the desk. When he stood up he had both of the deposit envelopes in his hands. I said, "Give those to me!" and he took a swing at me but missed. I freaked out--I thought he might have a knife or a gun--and in that second he ran past me and got away with probably $2,000 or more. No one ever heard from him again. Fast-forward nine years. I was walking in here for dinner one night when a guy walked out past me. My eyes met his, and it was clear we both recognized each other, though we couldn't remember from where. He said, "Hello, how are you doing?" and I said, "Good to see you again." Once inside it was driving me crazy--I knew I knew who he was. But by the time I realized that the guy was the thief an hour had gone by, and no one here knew his name or remembered him.

--Victor Anthony, interior designer

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Richard Knight Jr. & Stephen Gruhn

Popular Stories