Aurora City Official Picked Up on Second Theft Charge in Three Years

A simple look around any retail establishment will demonstrate the store’s concerns regarding shoplifting and retail theft. Conspicuously placed surveillance cameras, security tags, and other ant-theft devices are all designed to help reduce theft-related losses that cost retailers around the country hundreds of millions of dollars each year. In most communities, government officials and lawmakers continue to look for ways to help business owners and retail outlets protect their investments, but at least one such area representative seems to have a slightly different take on the matter.

Alderman Arrested Again

An alderman from the city of Aurora, Illinois, was arrested on misdemeanor shoplifting charges Sunday evening as she left a Meijer store on Route 59, according to police records. The woman, who represents Aurora’s 10th Ward on city council, was allegedly seen by store loss prevention personnel hiding more than $55.00 worth of merchandise in her purse, then leaving the store after paying for other items without ever opening her purse at the checkout.

Reports indicate that the woman was arrested outside the same store back in 2013, subsequently pleading guilty to retail theft for failing to pay for about $150.00 worth of grocery and health and beauty items. According to the Chicago Tribune, she was placed on court supervision for the offense, but when the charge came to light early last year, city officials called for her resignation. She declined to do so at the time, but with a second alleged offense following so closely, her future with the city government may be in jeopardy.

Retail Theft in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, the seriousness of criminal charges for retail theft or shoplifting will vary depending upon the circumstances and the value of the merchandise in question. Charges can range from a Class A misdemeanor for theft of property valued at less than $300.00, to a Class 3 felony for a single theft of a property valued at more than $300, or a series of thefts that occurred over time valued at more than $300.00. Other factors, such as previous convictions of property crimes on the person’s record can also impact the classification of the charges and potential penalties.

If you have been charged with retail theft, it is important to seek legal counsel immediately so that your rights are not compromised in any way. Contact an experienced Joliet criminal defense attorney today to discuss your available options and find out how we are equipped to help you. Call the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba at 815-740-4025 to schedule your free, confidential consultation with a lawyer who understands how to assist you in protecting your future.

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