8 people from Chicago charged in Plaza Frontenac theft that ended in pursuit

Police say 12 suspects ran into Saks yesterday, grabbed several Chanel bags, then hopped into two cars and took off.

Eight people from Chicago are facing charges after a theft at Saks Fifth Avenue store at Plaza Frontenac ended with a police chase in central Illinois Saturday.

Charging documents said 10-to-12 people covering their faces with hoods entered the store just as it was opening Saturday morning. Police said two cars involved in a robbery at the store fled the scene with multiple purses with a total value of nearly $60,000 after causing about $6,000 in damage.

A short time later, police received a 911 call in Missouri saying shots were being fired from the two cars matching the description of the vehicles involved in the theft.

Police spotted one of the cars involved on I-55 in Maryville, Illinois, and gave chase.

The pursuit continued into Mt. Olive where police used spike strips to stop the car.

The chase then continued on through Litchfield.

Police said seven people inside of the car jumped out and ran once the car stopped south of Farmersville.

All of the suspects were arrested, and and eight people are now facing charges. 

Terrence J. Bell, 25, Darius O. Bowdry, 21, Julian C. Campbell, 22, Derrick Crowder, 24, Jacob A. Lee, 27, Keyshyla S. Thomas, 22, Mario Washington, 24 and Dejaun D. Winguard, 21, were all charged with felony theft.

Police said the people charged and the suspects still at large are believed to be involved in a theft ring at high-end stores in Indiana, Michiagn, Missouri and Ohio.

The eight suspects charged are being held on $75,000, cash only bonds.


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