Cops: Mag Mile Shoplifter Beat Bloomingdale’s Security Guard With Tire Iron

Copeland (inset) is accused of beating a Bloomingdale’s guard with a tire iron. | CPD; Google

Sierra Copeland looks nice enough, but prosecutors say she has some mean surprises waiting for security guards who try to stop her for shoplifting downtown.

A Bloomingdale’s security guard told police that he saw the 21-year-old Washington Park resident slip a $365 purse into a shopping bag and then head for the exit at 900 North Michigan around 4:30 p.m. on December 22.

When the guard stopped Copeland and started walking her back toward the loss prevention office, the pint-sized perp unleashed a wicked surprise: She pulled a tire iron from her sleeve and repeatedly cracked the guard in the head with it, police said.

The security guard received stitches for his wounds, police said.

But that’s not all. Police also determined that Copeland pepper-sprayed a security guard who tried to detain her at TJ Maxx’s Loop location, 1 North State Street, in January 2017.

She’s charged with felony retail theft; misdemeanor retail theft; felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon; felony aggravated battery causing great bodily harm; and two felony counts of aggravated battery of a merchant.

Judge John Lyke set bail at $10,000.

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