Woodrow Jackson, on parole for robbery, was charged with felony retail theft after security agents stopped him allegedly carrying items of clothing that he didn’t pay for at Target.
Target security personnel told the police that they observed Jackson select five women’s sweaters, three women’s pullovers, and four pairs of pants from the shelves and racks at about 5:50 p.m. on March 6th.
Jackson allegedly entered the Target and went into the women’s restroom. When he exited the restroom, he picked up a cooler and proceeded to walk through the women’s clothing area where he allegedly placed multiple items in the cooler.
Jackson allegedly had several pieces of clothing in his possession, worth about $380, when he allegedly walked past the registers and exited the store. He was stopped by Target security personnel about half way down the stairs. Security personnel had been watching Jackson throughout his time in the store.
Jackson recently was released on parole from prison. He had been convicted in 2017 for Robbery in Cook County and was sentenced to three years. Although he was projected to be discharged from parole on June 30, 2020, the Illinois Department of Corrections has not filed a violation of parole petition.
The robbery was not Jackson’s first conviction. In 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015, he was convicted of theft. Each of the retail theft charges garnered him a one year sentence except for the 2015 conviction which resulted in a sentence of 18 months. In 2003, he was sentenced to 18 months for a burglary conviction.
The Oak Lawn police requested a felony charge and the Cook County State’s Attorney agreed. Jackson is a 48 year old black male with a Chicago address.