Woman live-streamed while looting downtown stores, prosecutors say

Taeshia Rochon and the at Nordstrom 55 E Grand | CPD; Google

A Chicago woman who live-streamed her looting activities to Facebook early on August 10 has been tracked down by CPD’s Looting Task Force, according to prosecutors.

Taeshia Rochon, age 22, was charged Monday with two felony counts of burglary and two felony counts of looting in connection with her alleged raiding of Nordstrom, 55 East Grand, and Sunglass Hut, 520 North Michigan, during widespread unrest in the area.

Rochon posted live video to Facebook as she entered the Nordstrom and took two Canada Goose jackets, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said. She later posted the video to a YouTube channel that has her name on it, according to Murphy.

Another video, also posted to Rochon’s Facebook and YouTube accounts, showed her taking inventory from the Sunglass Hut and putting it in the back seat of “her looting car,” Murphy said. 

Someone who saw the videos tipped off investigators, and cops contacted Rochon. She turned herself in to police Sunday.

Rochon allegedly admitted to entering the Sunglass Hut during an interview with police. But she said she only took one Canada Goose jacket — and she dropped it when cops confronted her outside Nordstrom, Murphy said.

She also allegedly admitted that the Facebook and YouTube accounts were hers.

Judge John Lyke said Rochon can get out of jail on electronic monitoring by posting a $400 deposit bond.

On Sunday, prosecutors charged a Chicago Lawn man with hammering an ATM open after he allegedly live-streamed the crime during last week’s looting in River North.

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