A 15-year-old is facing nearly two dozen counts of burglary and theft, including a felony charge, after allegedly attacking several Ulta stores in Chicago, the city’s top police officer announced Friday.
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown announced the arrest Friday during a news conference and said the teenager was arrested and charged last week, one of several arrests made in recent weeks in connection with big chain thefts in the city.
Brown noted that the charges against the teenager include a charge of “organized retail theft,” which is a first-class felony.
According to the police, the incidents happened between August and September.
Authorities said the teenager faces 10 counts of retail theft, 10 burglaries and one continued financial crime.
Brown noted that a young adult was also arrested that same week in connection with a series of robberies at North Face and Sephora stores in the city.
These incidents occurred between December 10 and December 21 and involved the theft of more than $10,000 worth of merchandise.
“As you recall, leading up to the shopping season we had multiple burglaries, multiple burglaries and the messages to the perpetrators that we are not going to let you get away with it, we will take you into custody and take you to court to seek justice and that’s what we’re doing,” Brown said. “We bring these cases and these people haven’t gotten away with it.”
Brown said that while the teenager allegedly worked with a group of people to commit some of the crimes, the department is also investigating where the stolen items were sold.
“Probably yes, they don’t use the makeup they steal, they fight it in,” he said. “So there’s a black market for a lot of these products, and yes, we prosecute that black market just as aggressively as the first offender who takes the product.”
Brown specifically noted the age of the 15-year-old who was charged, saying, “People who take things that don’t belong to them need to be brought to justice, regardless of your age.”