Versace Shoplifter Runs, Hides In Dumpster With Stolen Purses Worth $6.6K

Chaquan Birdie allegedly stole two purses worth $6,600 from the Versace store on Rush Street. | CPD; Versace

A Mag Mile-area shoplifting suspect’s day turned decidedly down-market when he resorted to hiding in a garbage can with two Versace purses in an attempt to elude police, according to court records.

He failed.

Chaquan Birdie, 19, walked into the Versace store at 933 North Rush around 10:15 a.m. on October 30, police say. An accomplice punched a Versace worker as Birdie grabbed two handbags, ran out the door. Birdie got into a stolen vehicle that was waiting out front, removed a purse from the car, and ran down Oak Street, according to court records.

Birdie then climbed into a dumpster behind a posh waxing studio at 34 East Oak, raising the interest of two nearby construction workers. The workmen found Birdie and detained him until cops arrived, police said. Two Versace purses—one priced at $3,650 and the other at $2,950—were recovered along with a handbag belonging to the vehicle’s owner.

Prosecutors charged Birdie with felony burglary, felony retail theft, and misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle.

He was freed on a $25,000 recognizance bond.

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Elsewhere in Chicago’s fancy pants River North area: A 44-year-old Carpentersville man is facing aggravated assault charges for allegedly threatening a high-end restaurant valet with a gun.

Around 3:15 last Sunday morning, Ulysses Scott “became enraged” with the valet attendant at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, 60 East Grand, prosecutors said. He’s accused of pulling a loaded, black semi-automatic handgun from the driver’s side door of his Jeep Grand Cherokee and telling the valet, “Hey bro! We’re going to have a f*cking problem up in this b*tch!”

Police caught up with him moments later.

Scott has a valid firearm owner’s ID card and a concealed carry license, police said.

He was charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and released on a $1,500 recognizance bond.

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