$3,488 worth of power tools shoplifted from Lincoln Park Home Depot, prosecutors say

CHICAGO — Four people face felony theft charges after Chicago police allegedly found them in a van with more than $3,400 worth of power tools taken from a Home Depot in Lincoln Park.

A witness called 911 around 8 p.m. on March 28 upon seeing four men running near the 2600 block of North Halsted Street carrying boxes emitting loud alarm noises, according to the group’s arrest reports. The caller described the minivan the men entered, along with its license plate.

Within a few minutes, Chicago cops spotted a minivan with that license plate in the 3100 block of North Broadway and pulled it over.

Officials said the cops found a host of expensive tools stolen from Home Depot in the vehicle, including two hammer drills, two framing nailers, an 18-gauge stapler, and an 18-gauge brad nailer. The total value, according to the arrest reports, is $3,488.

Christopher Patrick, 40, Demetrius Lloyd, 19, and Shawn Willis, 20, are each charged with felony retail theft.

Patrick is on pretrial release for a misdemeanor retail theft case from Country Club Hills. He’s accused of shoplifting merchandise worth $650 from a DTLR in that town. Accomplices got away with Nike goods worth $1,500, officials alleged.

Shawn Willis, 20, told police that the group had been at Loews and Home Depot, but he denied stealing anything, according to his arrest report. The report said he also told police that Patric sells stolen power tools.

Clockwise from top left: Demetrius Lloyd, Chenika Mason, Shawn Willis, and Christopher Patrick (Chicago Police Department)

According to court records, Willis has a pending felony retail theft case that accuses him of stealing merchandise worth $5,607 from a Sam’s Club in Hodgkins on February 29. He is also on probation for shoplifting $350 worth of goods from a Jewel-Osco in Deerfield last year.

The van’s driver, 32-year-old Chenika Mason, is charged with felony retail theft for allegedly possessing $2,000 worth of stolen property police allegedly found in the van. She denied possessing stolen merchandise and denied participating in the Home Depot theft, according to her arrest report.

Willis has been detained for violating pretrial release. Lloyd was retained on a warrant from Wisconsin. Judge Charles Beach released Mason and Patrick.

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