Migrants stole raided Ulta store, taking colognes worth $1,740: prosecutors

Juan Tavares Bermudez, left, and Jose Arbolea Rincon (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Two Venezuelan migrants face felony charges for allegedly stealing $1,700 worth of cologne from an Ulta Beauty store. Chicago police tracked down Jose Arbolea Rincon, 32, and Juan Tavares Bermudez, 19, by following a GPS tracker hidden inside one of the cologne boxes they took, officials said.

Prosecutors said the men entered the Ulta at 1300 North Ashland around 12:30 p.m. on June 24 and loaded boxes of cologne into a book bag. The duo allegedly damaged a display case on their way out.

Cops followed the GPS tracker until they saw Bermudez and Rincon in the 400 block of South Plymouth Court holding a bag similar to the one the shoplifters used, a CPD report said. Officers allegedly found colognes worth $1,740 inside the bag. They arrested the men after an Ulta employee identified them as the shoplifters.

Rincon lives at the Standard Club shelter, 320 South Plymouth, while Bermudez listed the 344 North Ogden shelter as his home address.

Both men were released to await trial on charges of felony retail theft and misdemeanor criminal damage to property.

Bermudez was already on pretrial release for a misdemeanor retail theft charge, according to court records. On May 16, he was arrested after employees at Nordstrom Rack, 24 North State, accused him and an accomplice of stealing shoes.

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