Tracy Kay, of Hazel Crest, and was arrested Wednesday, October 26th, when officers were called to the Jewel-Osco at 88th & Ridgeland.
A Jewel Store Director claimed that he observed Kay placing 47 items, totaling $484.55, into her shopping cart. He then allegedly observed Key push the cart away from the registers and towards the north exit. He stopped Kay after she went through the first set of doors into the vestibule where he identified himself.
The Store Director advised Kay that he knew she did not pay for the merchandise and that the police had been notified. Kay yelled reportedly stated, “I’m not stealing. Let me go. I’m not doing anything wrong.”
Police arrived on scene as Kay was yelling. Kay allegedly refused repeated verbal commands to put her hands behind her back. She pulled away screaming, “No, I didn’t steal anything.” Officers attempted to place Kay’s left arm behind her back, but she pulled it in front of her body and tried to break away from officers according to the police. Several attempts were made to control Kay, but she allegedly resisted, by grabbing hold of the handcuffs.
Eventually, two police officers managed to slowly take Kay to the ground and handcuff her. Officers then assisted Kay into a sitting position. Kay complained that she couldn’t breath, so officers requested an ambulance.
Oak Lawn Fire Department arrived and transported Kay to Palos Community Hospital.
Tracy Kay was charged with felony retail theft, two counts of resisting a peace officer, and battery.
Katie Denton, of Midlothian, and Lissette Villegas, of Alsip, were arrested Thursday, October 27th, after police were dispatched for a retail theft call.
Police responded to Target when it was reported that security had caught two women allegedly stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise. According to Target security, the women entered the store at 2:40 pm and went directly to the toy section. Each woman began selecting merchandise quickly, allegedly placing the items in their carts. Neither woman made any effort to conceal the merchandise according to the report.
The women then went toward the food court area, allegedly bypassing the checkouts, passing the final point of sale. They then entered the elevator with their carts full of merchandise, went to the ground floor, and attempted to exit. Security made contact with the women and escorted them back to the Loss Prevention office.
Denton allegedly admitted to retail theft, stating that she had six children and Christmas was coming. Based on the value of the merchandise in her cart ($721.85), the State’s Attorney’s office granted approval for a felony theft charge.
Villegas and Denton were also allegedly offenders in a retail theft at the Target in Bedford Park. Bedford Park was contacted and took custody of Villegas.
All of the information contained herein is from reports and the accused are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.