A would be thief was cornered by security personnel at Mariano’s in Oak Lawn after the security officer claims the woman, identified as Rebecca Fox had taken certain items off the shelf and proceeded to the doors without payment.
Fox had allegedly placed 10 bottles of alcohol in a shopping cart and placed toilet paper on top before proceeding to the front of the store and being met in between the exit doors by security. According to the store’s security officer, Fox had been seen looking around and checking her cell phone drawing suspicion as she backtracked through the store toward the door.
When the security officer tried to handcuff Fox between the doors, she wasn’t ready to go quietly. According to Mariano’s security personnel, Fox pulled away and climbed over the divider separating entry and exit and tried to leave through the middle door. At the same time, a young man began approaching the store.
The security personnel that the man began yelling at the security officer asking “where’s your badge”. However, security officers don’t need stinking badges to stop alleged shoplifters.
The Oak Lawn Police then arrived on the scene and began to sort the mess out. The Oak Lawn officer did have a badge. The young man who was demanding badges was not as willing to identify himself according to police. In fact, the police allege that the man told officers that his name was Jason McVey although he spelled it two different ways for the police while allegedly telling them that he couldn’t be found in the system because he doesn’t have a State of Illinois ID or driver’s license. He also allegedly told them he was from Indiana.
The man eventually told police his name was Nicholas Steck of Burr Ridge and that he had allegedly told the police the wrong name because the thought there may be a warrant out of DuPage County for his arrest.
At the same time, Fox, a 41 year old white female, from Chicago, was being arrested she asked officers to retrieve her medicine from the vehicle. When the police checked the vehicle, they found more groceries and Fox apparently told police that the groceries were from Jewel.
A check of the Jewel security tape led the police to charge Fox with retail theft for those groceries also. The total of the merchandise from Jewel was $335.91 and the total from Mariano’s was slightly higher at $357.84. Steck, a 29 year old, white male, was charged with obstructing identification. The police could not determine if a warrant had been issued for Steck although he had missed a court date in DuPage.