Woman charged with using credit cards stolen from fitness center locker rooms — while awaiting trial for burglary and ID theft

Carmella Jackson (Chicago Police Department, snappygoat)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a woman awaiting trial for three cases involving burglary, identity theft, and credit card fraud in the suburbs committed similar crimes in the city, using debit and credit cards stolen from fitness center locker rooms.

Back on January 16, a 48-year-old woman reported that someone broke into her locker and took her purse at a fitness club in the 7500 block of North Clark, according to Chicago police records.

That same day, 42-year-old Carmella Jackson used the victim’s cards to make purchases at a Subway restaurant, a Jewel-Osco, and two other fitness clubs, prosecutors alleged in criminal complaints.

Then, on February 7, a 26-year-old woman reported that someone removed the lock from her locker and took her wallet at a club in the 5100 block of South Pulaski, according to Jackson’s arrest report.

Prosecutors said Jackson used the woman’s credit card the same day at a Jewel-Osco.

Chicago police identified Jackson by sending pictures of a suspect to other law enforcement agencies. After learning Jackson’s identity, they arrested her at the Bridgeview courthouse when she showed up for a hearing in her pending suburban cases, according to her arrest report.

Judge Charles Beach released her with a daily curfew.

The suburban matters involve three separate cases, each alleging burglary, ID theft, and misuse of credit cards at Kohl’s or Target stores in 2022, court records show.

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