Two Chicago women have been charged with robbing an Ulta Beauty store in Mundelein and stealing thousands of dollars in products, prosecutors said.
Keyazjhia Banks, 21, of the 4100 block of South Prairie Avenue in Chicago, was charged with robbery, burglary and retail theft over $300.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Caitlin Valiulis said during a bond hearing Thursday that Banks and a second woman, Malika N. Alford, entered the Ulta Beauty in Mundelein on March 3.
The two walked to the perfume department, Valiulis said. Alford, a Chicago resident, took out a trash bag and began to place perfume into it.
Banks took out a large pepper spray can and displayed it as she also removed perfume from the shelf into the trash bag, Valiulis said.
A store employee left the store after seeing Banks holding the pepper spray.
The store employee asked someone to call 911 and then Banks and Alford ran out of the store and got into a silver sedan, Valiulis said.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but it fled from them.
The value of the stolen perfume was more than $2,600, Valiulis said, adding that the incident was captured on surveillance video.
Banks was arrested after allegedly committing a similar crime at the Ulta Beauty store in Gurnee as well as in McHenry County.
An active warrant remains for Alford, who is not in Lake County custody yet, records show. She was also charged with robbery, burglary and retail theft over $300.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Banks held on a $200,000 bond. She would need to post $20,000 cash in order to be released.
Banks is scheduled to appear in court again on June 23.