Two more people have been charged in connection with the crash of a stolen vehicle near the Mag Mile that police connected to a shoplifting mob theft at Michigan Avenue’s Gucci store last week.
One of the newly-charged adults is accused of participating in a Feb. 24 robbery of the high-end George Greene boutique on Oak Street. Ironically, the George Greene incident unfolded just a few minutes after yet another flash mob theft at the same Gucci store.
Around 12:15 p.m. on March 5, cops working near the Magnificent Mile spotted a stolen blue Toyota that was used by a shoplifting mob that stole $4,000 worth of purses from the Gucci store on Michigan Avenue one day earlier. A photo of the crash was posted to Twitter:
@EricTendian smash & grab gone wrong. pic.twitter.com/BFvYHJobE8— Heyyyy Buddy! (@harveysbuddy) March 5, 2020
The car crashed and five occupants ran from the vehicle. Three were charged with various crimes the next day, including 19-year-old Eric Taylor. He was AWOL at the time after being released three times on “affordable bail” for two separate robberies and escaping electronic monitoring.
Now, prosecutors have charged the other two passengers of the stolen car.
Leading the way is 21-year-old Destiny Jackson. Police said she had active arrest warrants out in three states when they arrested her on the 700 block of North Lake Shore Drive after the crash.
Officers said she ran from the collision, changed her clothes in a gazebo at Oak Street Beach, and then ran down the drive in an attempt to get away.
Prosecutors charged her with stealing five hoodies and sweats worth $1,760 from George Greene and battering a store employee who tried to stop her on Feb. 24.
She was also held on a warrant for auto theft and resisting police in Jasper County, Indiana; a shoplifting warrant out of Jefferson County, Wisc.; a bond forfeiture warrant for shoplifting from Northbrook; and a reckless driving warrant in Cook County, according to police records.
Judge John Lyke ordered her held in lieu of an $18,000 cash bail.
Prosecutors also charged 25-year-old Jimmy Thompson with criminal trespass to a vehicle in connection with the crashed stolen auto.
So far, no one has been charged with either of the Gucci store heists.
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