DSW flash mobs: Accused have collected 14 shoplifting arrests in 10 months; Two on court supervision

L to R: Dean; Hall; Holloworth; Johnson; and Young | CPD; Provided

Five adults who are charged in connection with two mob shoplifting incidents at a Lakeview shoe store collected 14 separate retail theft charges over the past 10 months, according to court records.

And, records show two of the accused are on court supervision for retail theft while a third had a retail theft case dropped just days before he was arrested for striking the Lakeview shop.

CWBChicago told you about the series of at least five recent mob thefts from DSW, 3131 North Clark, on May 22nd. Now we’ve learned more about the adults who have been accused of participating in two of the theft strikes along with two unnamed juveniles.

Police escort a suspect after the May 19th incident. | Provided

Charlie Holloworth, 21, Saige Dean, 18, and 20-year-old Taurus Young were arrested after leading police on a foot chase through the streets of Lakeview after the DSW was struck by a shoplifting mob on Sunday, May 19th.

Holloworth, who was charged with trespassing in the DSW incident, received a sentence of four month’s court supervision on March 13th after he pleaded guilty to shoplifting from a store in Orland Park. Last summer, he was charged with being part of a “large group” that knocked over displays and stole merchandise from the Marc Jacobs store at 11 East Walton. Those charges were dropped when the store failed to show up in court.

Dean was charged with trespassing, retail theft, and possession of lost or mislaid property in the DSW case. She is also on four month’s court supervision for participating in the Orland Park shoplifting incident with Holloworth, according to court records. While on that four-month court supervision, she received a separate one-month court supervision on Apr. 18th for stealing a backpack and jeans from the Michigan Avenue Topman store.

Even though Dean was on court supervision when she received the second court supervision and that she was again accused of shoplifting three days before the one-month term expired, a judge granted her “satisfactory completion” of the sentence on May 20th.

Young is charged with shoplifting and theft of lost or mislaid property in the DSW incident. Court records show that Young was accused of being a member of a mob that stole merchandise on April 8th from the Circle K at 801 West Addison. Those charges were dropped when the store failed to show up in court. Young was also accused last year of shoplifting merchandise from the Chicago Avenue location of Nordstrom Rack, according to court documents. Those charges were also dropped because the store failed to appear in court.

Two days after Holloworth, Dean, and Young were arrested, a juvenile female and 18-year-olds Kevin Johnson and David Hall were charged with a similar “flash mob” incident at the same DSW store. The trio is accused of taking more than $1,600 worth of shoes by stuffing merchandise into duffle bags and running out the door.

Johnson was charged with retail theft in the case, just five days after he was arrested and charged with shoplifting eight purses as part of a group theft from the Loop’s Ross Dress For Less on May 16th.

Hall was also charged with retail theft in the DSW matter—just four days after the South Loop Marshall’s store failed to show up in court after it accused him of shoplifting purses with two other men on April 13th.

All of the accused have been released on recognizance bonds.

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