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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Director of Communications: 630-407-8160

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Chicago Woman Charged with Stealing from Victoria’s Secret

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Burglary charges have been filed against a Chicago woman alleging she stole merchandise from the Victoria’s Secret store in Stratford Square Mall located in Bloomingdale. Latasha Garrett, 25 (d.o.b. 2/16/1993) of 1604 E 82nd Street, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Liam Brennan released her on a $30,000 recognizance bond. She has been charged with one Count of Burglary, a Class 2 Felony. 

  It is alleged that on February 28, at approximately 5:14 p.m., Garrett, along with several accomplices, entered the Victoria’s Secret with the intent to commit a theft. It is further alleged that once inside the store, Garrett and her accomplices took numerous items totaling $2,313.45 and exited the store without paying for the items. An investigation conducted by the Bloomingdale Police Department led to Garrett who was pulled over on a traffic stop approximately thirty minutes later.

“According to the National Retail Federation, in 2016, shoplifting cost businesses in the United States $17.8 billion in losses,” Berlin said. “When you do the math that comes to nearly $49 million every day. These losses, which obviously present a tremendous hardship to retail establishments, are ultimately passed on to consumers. I would like to thank the Bloomingdale Police Department for their work on this case and for bringing this matter to our attention. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Katie Rowe for her efforts in this case as well.”

  The investigation into the matter continues. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bloomingdale Police Department at (630) 529-9868. Garrett’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 16, 2018, for arraignment in front of Judge Liam Brennan.

  Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.