A Chicago man charged with shoplifting and using a stolen credit card at Neiman Marcus is named, well, Neiman Marcus Collins.
Collins, 35, entered the Neiman Marcus at 737 North Michigan at noontime on Wednesday, then selected a $1,213 backpack and a $364 sweatshirt from the shelves, Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Sorrentino said during his bail hearing Friday. A security officer kept an eye on Collins via the store’s camera system.
At the check-out counter, Collins dropped the sweatshirt and presented a stolen Discover card to pay for the backpack, Sorrentino said. After the transaction went through, Collins allegedly bent over, stuffed the sweatshirt into the backpack, and started to walk out. Another security agent stopped him at the door.
In the loss prevention office, store employees noticed that the Discover card Neiman Marcus Collins gave to Nieman Marcus had a woman’s name on it, Sorrentino said. Police learned that the woman gave the card to her daughter, and her daughter didn’t know it had been stolen.
Prosecutors charged him with aggravated identity theft of a person over 60 years old and misdemeanor retail theft.
According to Sorrentino, Collins, a six-time convicted felon, also had five outstanding warrants, including one each from Florida and Georgia. The others were for violating probation in a robbery case, violating probation in a burglary case, and violating probation in an aggravated battery case.
Judge William Fahy held Collins without bail on the three local warrants plus $25,000 bail on the new charges.