16-Oct-18 After trying to sell a one-of-a-kind, $34,000 purse allegedly stolen from Christian Dior on Rush Street, three adults and one juvenile have been arrested and charged.
19-year-old Lawrence Hall, 20-year-old Tishawn Holliday, and 19-year-old Tia Jennings, along with a juvenile girl, are accused of robbing the boutique on October 8.
According to Chicago Police Department, four women entered Christian Dior at around 1:30 p.m., spread out across the store, grabbed designer purses, and ran out to a waiting Ford Mustang occupied by two men. When an employee of the store tried to stop one of the women, she was threatened with pepper spray.
The women got at least $67,000 worth of merchandise, store management estimated, including the $34,000 purse that was the only one of its kind in the United States.
Police say they recovered the purse after the robbers tried to sell it to an undercover officer for $9,000. Investigators found the purse offered on a mobile app and arranged a meeting on October 11. Hall, Holliday, and Jennings showed up for the meeting on Roosevelt Road near South Clark Street, showed the undercover officer the stolen purse, and were taken into custody.
The posting on OfferUp offered the purse for $15,000, describing it as a brand new bag. Still have dustbag. Everything.
Jennings is charged with Class X felony armed robbery. Hall and Holliday are charged with felony theft.
Hall was on probation for allegedly robbing Saks Fifth Avenue on North Michigan Avenue last November. Prosecutors say he was a member of a shoplifting mob that stole $3,850 worth of scarfs from the store and battered a store security officer who tried to stop them. When he was arrested a few days later, he had a loaded 40-caliber handgun with laser attachment and extended magazine, according to police. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years of probation.
Their bail set at $10,000, Hall and Jennings are known to be in custody. Bail information was not available for Holliday or the juvenile. They are due back in court on Thursday.