Elmhurst, IL

Venezuelan Migrants Caught Stealing From Elmhurst Kohl's in Chicago on Black Friday

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

One of the migrants had a large magnet used to block the stores antitheft device

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Three Venezuelan migrants, identified as Ilys Mary Ledesma Zapata (37), Christian Johan Saavedra-Omona (21), and Braud Pineda Avendano (33), face charges for allegedly stealing merchandise worth over $500 from a Kohl's department store in Elmhurst, a western suburb of Chicago.

Elmhurst police responded to a report of retail theft at the Kohl's on 303 South Route 83 around 1 p.m. According to the DuPage County State's Attorney's office, the trio purportedly took several articles of clothing without paying. After leaving the store, they re-entered and allegedly stole additional items before being apprehended by Elmhurst police.

Authorities reported that Ledesma Zapata had a large magnet, potentially used to disable anti-theft devices in her possession. The collective value of the stolen items is estimated to be approximately $500, as stated by prosecutors.

All three suspects are now facing charges of burglary and retail theft. Currently residing in Waukegan, they are scheduled to appear in court on December 18.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin emphasized the significance of combating theft during the holiday shopping season. Berlin stated, "It is alleged that on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, these three defendants, one of whom brought an anti-theft device with her, entered the Kohl’s store, helped themselves to more than five-hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise and then left the store without paying."

With the approaching holiday season, Berlin urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to store authorities to enhance theft prevention efforts.


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