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Man accused of sneaking into hotel room

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March 31, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Chicago man was accused of sneaking into a River North hotel room last week and running up a $1,100 tab in someone else's name, county prosecutors said Monday. 

Phillip David Butler, 48, of the 1300 block of North Cleveland Avenue, was arrested Sunday morning at the Westin Hotel on North Dearborn Avenue after a security guard determined that he was staying in a hotel room on an account that should have already been closed, according to court records.

Butler allegedly snuck into the hotel room after the woman who had been staying in it used an express check-out service on March 27 and left. According to county prosecutors, Butler called the concierge from the room and told them he would extend his stay at the hotel. He then began to order food and make other charges to the woman's account, racking up a bill of $1,182.66, the police report said.

Butler was caught after a security guard noticed suspicious charges to the room and questioned Butler, and later called the woman who had last stayed in the room, who said she did not know Butler and had never authorized him to enter the room or make charges, the report said.

Butler was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Monday afternoon and ordered held on a $100,000 bond.

During Butler's bond hearing, county prosecutors said he admitted to staying in the hotel room and ordering food, but said he did it because he thought the crime would be considered a misdemeanor, not a felony, because he had done similar things before and been charged with misdemeanors.

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