Retail Theft

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

“Rocket Docket” Law Aiming To Keep Low-Level Defendants From Languishing In Jail

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.


Gilbert Galvan (Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

Canada’s “Phantom Bandit” Caught Stealing Liquor From Jewel

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.


Jonathan Koziol (left) and Robert Hack (right) allegedly tried to run over an off-duty Chicago police officer after stealing food from a Jewel store. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Men Charged With Trying To Run Over Off-Duty Cop After Shoplifting At Jewel

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.


Gusti Korotkov

Man Arrested For Trying To Sell Stolen Cubs Merchandise

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 (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Man Gets 30 Days In Jail For Swearing At Judge

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 – – – -.”


Carlos Davila (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Man Accused Of Calling In Bomb Threat Before Court Hearing

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.


Kyle Pecore, 29, from Gresham, Wis., and charged him with retail theft.

Four Charged In Gurnee Mills Retail Theft Crackdown

Police used a coordinated attack on retail theft for the first time, linking up with retailers at Gurnee Mills and arresting four people.


Anthony Porter

Exonerated Death Row Inmate Going Back To Prison For Stealing Deodorant

A Chicago man who spent years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction is headed back behind bars.

CBS Chicago–08/02/2012

Joseph Grabenhofer (left) and Pawel Loboz (right) are accused of filling an empty Samsung Tablet box with rocks and newspaper, then trying to "return" the box to a Sears store in Orland Park to get a "refund." (Credit: Orland Park Police)

2 Teens Charged With Trying To Get ‘Refund’ For Box Of Rocks

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.


Garrett Wolfe

Former Bears RB Wolfe Arrested In Miami

Former Chicago Bears running back Garrett Wolfe was arrested early Sunday in Miami.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2011


Thieves Drive Up Prices For Everyone Else

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.

WBBM Newsradio–11/26/2010