Chicago man operated ‘financial crime enterprise’ by shoplifting more than 10 times since December: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have charged a Chicago man with operating a continuing financial crime enterprise because he has been caught shoplifting more than ten times in the past year. 

Deandre O’Neal, 35, is accused of shoplifting from Dick’s Sporting Goods, 1538 North Clybourn, on March 20 and three other times since December. In December, he was charged with shoplifting from the Macy’s on State Street seven times. Those crimes were allegedly committed while he was on bail for shoplifting from yet another retailer.

Security at Dick’s called 911 around 3 p.m. on March 20 after O’Neal walked out the door with merchandise worth $457, according to his arrest report. Cops caught him at the nearby North-Clybourn Red Line station with three Adidas sweaters, three Adidas sweatpants, Nike underwear, and a Columbia jacket, the report said. 

The security officer also linked O’Neal to thefts from the same Dick’s location on December 14, January 24, and March 15. 

Deandre ONeal and the Dick’s Sporting Goods at 1538 North Clybourn. (Chicago Police Department, Google)

He has been on pretrial release since December 17 when prosecutors charged him with seven counts of misdemeanor retail theft for allegedly shoplifting from Macy’s on December 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, and 16, court records show.

A warrant was out for his arrest at the time of the Macy’s cases because he stopped showing up for court in another retail theft case last summer. Those allegations concerned theft from Nordstrom Rack, 101 East Chicago Avenue. On December 19, two days after his arrest at Macy’s, he entered a guilty plea and received a five-day sentence. The sentence was satisfied by the time he had already spent in jail.

He is now on electronic monitoring.

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