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Legislation targets ‘smash and grab’ theft rings to create crime of organized retail theft

(The Center Square) – An Illinois lawmaker has proposed legislation to combat smash and grab retail theft operations, which would create the crime of “organized retail theft” in the Illinois criminal statute. The issue is a problem in the Chicago area where Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said something has to be done. “We’ve got to […]

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2 arrested in 2019 smash-and-grab from Gurnee phone store, police say

Police have charged a 19-year-old and a juvenile in connection with a smash-and-grab burglary of $6,000 in merchandise from a Gurnee cellphone store in early 2019. Kenshown I. Evans, 19, of Country Club Hills, was charged with felony counts of burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. Additionally, a juvenile was petitioned on similar charges […]

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Masked burglary crew strikes several gas stations, convenience stores in Lake County

A burglary crew consisting of four men in masks committed at least five smash-and-grabs at gas stations and convenience stores throughout Lake County early Monday morning. Two of the burglaries occurred in Deerfield, one in Riverwoods, one in Lake Forest and another in North Chicago, business owners told Lake and McHenry County Scanner. In Riverwoods, […]