Two Chicago Men Arrested for Uptown Church Parking Scam

Cornelius Upshaw, 54, and Clarence McClellan, 56, were arrested on charges of theft and trespassing after selling parking spaces at an Uptown church for patrons attending an event at the nearby Aragon Ballroom on Saturday, authorities said. (Cook County Sheriff's photos / / March 30, 2014)
Cornelius Upshaw, 54, and Clarence McClellan, 56, were arrested on charges of theft and trespassing after selling parking spaces at an Uptown church for patrons attending an event at the nearby Aragon Ballroom on Saturday, authorities said. (Cook County Sheriff’s photos / / March 30, 2014)

Two Chicago men were arrested Saturday after they were caught selling parking spaces at an Uptown church for patrons attending an event at the nearby Aragon Ballroom, according to police and prosecutors.

A concerned citizen first alerted Chicago police to the fraudulent parking space sales going on at St. Thomas of Canterbury church in the 4800 block of North Kenmore Avenue, according to Cook County court documents.

Police saw Cornelius Upshaw, 54,  waving two cars into the church’s lot for $20 a pop, according to court records.

At that point, Upshaw and his cohort, 56-year-old Clarence McClellan, “observed (police) approaching, and quickly returned the (cash) to those vehicles,” court records state.

The two men then “quickly” walked away southbound on Kenmore before being arrested just before 10:30 p.m., according to records.

Each man faces misdemeanor theft of labor/services and criminal trespass to real property charges, according to court records.

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Source: Chicago Tribune | Geoff Zielzulewicz

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