Four arrested after trying to sell one-of-a-kind purse stolen from Gold Coast boutique
Loop North News

CRIME & SAFETY 931 N Rush St - MAP

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.”

Lawrence Hall Tishawn Holliday Tia Jennings

(Left to right) Hall, Holliday, and Jennings.

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.

By CWB Chicago | Loop North News | contactingcwb@gmail.com

Published 16-Oct-18 12:49 AM

Loop North News

FREE WEEKLY EMAIL UPDATE

What’s news in the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago.

Signup for our weekly email. No ads and no charge. Just enter your email address here...

Number of subscribers:
See this week’s update

More stories


Today
The Mag Mile Grows Up, a walking tour hosted by urbanologist Max Grinnell. A century ago, Michigan Avenue and nearby Streeterville were rather sleepy places. With the completion of the Michigan Avenue (now DuSable Bridge), elaborate plans emerged. Some plans were realized, including marquee skyscrapers such as Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower. This tour will take visitors around this stretch of the Magnificent Mile and beyond to talk about a few of those plans. 4:00 p.m. Meet outside Wrigley Building, 400 North Michigan Avenue. Rain or shine. Map. More info.

April 22
Be a part of the inaugural Original Earth Day River Cruise. This fun and interactive lunchtime tour will navigate through the heart of the city on all three branches of the Chicago River and will include hands-on water quality sampling, litter clean up, spotting wildlife sights and sounds, and celebrating new ecosystems. 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Boarding begins at 11:00 a.m. Wendella dock, 400 North Michigan Avenue. Tickets: $40. $20 for students and nonprofit partners. Includes a light lunch. Beverages available for purchase. All ticket revenue will go to Friends to support habitat restoration, water quality protections, and public outreach. Map. More info.
More events

Biggest Gainers & Losers

BOEING CO.
377.52 4.20

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS INC.
89.24 4.07

NORTHERN TRUST CORP.
92.42 3.20

CME GROUP INC.
176.92 3.00

Downtown Chicago Stocks