Woman shoplifted cosmetics worth $27,000 from Ulta Beauty stores in Chicago, prosecutors say

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a woman worked with an accomplice to steal cosmetics worth more than $27,000 during three shoplifting raids on Ulta Beauty stores in Chicago.

Destiny Jackson, 25, made some news three years ago when she allegedly ran from a carload of shoplifters that crashed on the Magnificent Mile. Now, officials say she took hordes of merchandise from the Ulta stores in three raids last year.

During a bail hearing on Friday, prosecutor Rhianna Biernat said Jackson and an accomplice walked into the Ulta at 4140 South Pulaski on July 26 and walked out with $11,020 worth of goods. A loss prevention officer recognized Jackson from previous incidents, she said.

Destiny Jackson | Cook County sheriff’s office; Yelp

On October 13, Jackson and an accomplice allegedly took $10,010 worth of products from the beauty chain’s location at 2754 North Clybourn in Lincoln Park.

She returned to the Pulaski location with a partner on November 28 and stole another $6,657 in merchandise, Biernat alleged.

The stores’ surveillance cameras captured footage of all the incidents.

Biernet told Judge William Fahy that Jackson was convicted of retail theft twice last year and once in Wisconsin in 2020. She was also convicted of aggravated battery of a merchant in 2020 and auto theft in Indiana last year, according to Biernat.

At the time of the Ulta allegations, Jackson was on parole. She also has a pending felony case for aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, Biernat said.

For the Ulta allegations, Jackson is charged with three felony counts of retail theft.

Private defense attorney Joshua Kutnick said Jackson has been on electronic monitoring in the aggravated battery case since last month. She’s preparing to go to work for a security company, he said.

The judge ordered Jackson to pay a $2,500 bail deposit and to stay on electronic monitoring while the Ulta cases are pending.

In March 2020, prosecutors said Jackson was one of five people who ran from a car that crashed near the north end of the Magnificent Mile. Police had linked the vehicle to a series of high-end shoplifting mob incidents in the area.

All five occupants were arrested to face charges. Jackson, whom police allegedly found walking down Lake Shore Drive after she changed clothes in a gazebo at Oak Street Beach, was accused of stealing five hoodies and sweats worth $1,760 from the George Greene store at 49 East Oak Street.

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