Package thieves blasted victim with bear spray: Chicago police report

Brent Young (L) and Yocoria Branch | Chicago Police Department; josemiguels/pixabay

CHICAGO — Two North Siders blasted a woman in the face with bear spray while stealing packages from her apartment building vestibule, according to a Chicago police report.

The 29-year-old victim called police to her apartment building in the 2000 block of West Fargo in Rogers Park around 2:30 a.m. on November 23. She showed officers surveillance video of the theft and then directed the cops to the man’s nearby car, the report said.

When officers looked inside the car, they saw packages addressed to the woman and a can of UDAP bear spray, according to the report.

Officers arrested Brent Young, 21, and Yocoria Branch, 26, on misdemeanor charges of theft and battery. Young lives in the victim’s building, while Branch lives in Uptown, their arrest reports said. They were released from the 24th District police station a few hours after being arrested.

The packages they are accused of stealing contained a keychain, a children’s playset, and two paperback books.

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