The new law creates a special court, dubbed the “rocket docket,” for non-violent inmates charged with minor retail theft, or trespassing; many of whom now have to wait behind bars for months, because they cannot afford even a low bail.
A man dubbed the “Phantom Bandit” for his ability to rob banks and then disappear was very much there when police arrested him for the alleged theft of nearly $1,000 in liquor from a Barrington grocery store.
Police said 30-year-old Jonathan Koziol and 29-year-old Robert Hack have been charged with one count each of felony aggravated assault to a police officer and one count each of felony retail theft.
A Northwest Side man was arrested at the Wrigley Field this week, after allegedly trying to sell Cubs gear he’d just stolen from the team store.
Alex Bailey, 31, of the 300 block of West Evergreen Street, had just been ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail in a retail theft case when he began swearing at Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas. He was being escorted from the courtroom when he started shouting and called Chiampas a “b – – – -.”
A west suburban man who was supposed to appear in court on a retail theft charge is now being held without bond after making false bomb threat to the courthouse from a payphone inside the building.
Police used a coordinated attack on retail theft for the first time, linking up with retailers at Gurnee Mills and arresting four people.
A Chicago man who spent years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction is headed back behind bars.
Two southwest suburban teens were arrested this week for trying to pull off a crime that was literally as dumb as a box of rocks.
Former Chicago Bears running back Garrett Wolfe was arrested early Sunday in Miami.
Even if you don’t see any thieves or shoplifters as you shop on Black Friday, they still have their hands in your pocket as you shop.