A man with multiple arrests for retail theft will appear in court in March after being accused of attempting to take liquor from Mariano’s at the Oak Lawn location.
Marvin Atkins, of Markham, was allegedly observed concealing the liquor by a Mariano’s loss prevention officer on January 28th. The officer noted that he was walking through the store when he noticed Atkins taking the liquor bottles from the shelf. After notifying the manager, he began to watch Atkins on the security cameras. While observing Atkins on the security cameras, the officer told the police that he observed Atkins conceal the bottles in the front of his pants.
According to the security officer, Atkins allegedly walked past the registers and made no attempt to pay for the liquor. The security officer told police that he stopped Atkins after he allegedly failed to pay and escorted Atkins to the security office.
The Oak Lawn Police Department was notified and interviewed Atkins, who allegedly provided a written statement admitting to the theft. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, which must approve felony charges, denied the felony charges. The cost of the liquor was only $74.98. The store signed a misdemeanor complaint for retail theft.
According to confidential sources familiar with the incident, Atkins has 19 previous convictions for retail theft and was most recently arrested in January in Oak Forest.