DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced that bond has been set for three individuals accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from two DuPage County retailers—one in Wheaton and the other in Elmhurst.

Victor Williams, 30, and Joshlyn Allen, 19, both of Chicago; and Emiaya Shannon, 22, Merrillville, Ind., appeared in bond court last week, where Judge Anthony Coco set bond at $350,000 for Williams and $50,000 for Allen and Shannon.

All three defendants face multiple felony burglary and retail theft charges. In addition, Williams faces one count of fleeing and eluding while Allen faces one count of being a fugitive from justice out of Jackson County, Mo. 

It is alleged that on Feb. 15 at approximately 4:51 p.m., the three defendants entered the Ulta Beauty store located in Danada Square in Wheaton, and stole approximately $4,000 worth of merchandise, including multiple bottles of cologne and perfume. 

It is further alleged that the trio left the Ulta Beauty store with the stolen merchandise and traveled to the Kohls department store located in the 300 block of S. Route 83 in Elmhurst. It is alleged that the trio then entered the Kohls store and stole approximately $6,000 worth of merchandise, including various items of Nike and Adidas clothing. 

It is alleged that the defendants left the Kohls store with the merchandise at which time Elmhurst Police officers attempted to stop their car in the Kohls parking lot. It is alleged that the vehicle, later determined to be driven by Williams, exited the Kohls parking lot by driving into oncoming traffic. It is further alleged that a high-speed car chase ensued ultimately ending in Chicago when the defendant’s car crashed into a Chicago Police Department squad car. The suspects unsuccessfully attempted to flee again following the crash. The defendants were taken into custody at this time.

“The tremendous amount of effort and resources utilized in this case, including the use of a helicopter to locate the alleged offenders’ car, is a testament to law enforcement’s commitment to public safety,” Berlin said. “I would like to thank the Elmhurst Police Department for their work in this case.”

The next court appearance for all three defendants is scheduled for March 16 in front of Judge George Bakalis for arraignment. 

 

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