(CBS) — Five members of a west side Chicago family have been charged with stealing goods from stores at the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall in Aurora.
Police say that the alleged ringleader was 61-year-old Maria Perea. Aurora Police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said undercover officers and store detectives watched as she and the others — a son, nephews and nieces — allegedly stole clothing, cosmetics and other items from 16 different stores in the mall, just off Interstate 88 at Farnsworth Avenue.
Ferrelli said police moved in when they saw the five stash the goods in their SUV. They found $3,200 worth of allegedly stolen goods from 16 stores.
Ferrelli said the arrests are the first in Aurora involving the family. He says the outlet mall is a frequent target for thieves because of its proximity to I-88.
Those arrested with Perea included her son, Jonathan R. Rodriguez, 33; Ramon L. Ayala, 28; a 16-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl.
All are charged with felony retail theft. The adults also were charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors.
The boy was released to a family member while the girl was taken to the Kane County Youth Home in St. Charles on an outstanding domestic battery warrant.
The next court date for all of the adults is Sept. 17. Perea is the only adult who posted bail, which was set at $15,000.
Rodriguez continues to be held in lieu of $75,000 bail and Ayala in lieu of $50,000 bail. They are both being housed in the Kane County Correctional Center in St. Charles.