FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Il (KMOV.com) – Police say they arrested three thieves after they allegedly stole clothes and merchandise from a Kohl's in Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Jerome J. Abbott, 23, Jerrica A. Abbott, 21, and Jimmy L. Bootchee, 20, had just stolen the items from the store and were sitting in the parking lot when officers arrived at the scene. Officers were able to get a vehicle description from Kohl's security guards and found the vehicle in the parking lot. Officers say they spotted a 4-year-old in the car with the suspects, later identified as the daughter of Jerrica Abbott.
As officers approached the suspects, one of them was seen making a quick call on their cell phone. Shortly after the phone call, dispatch alerted the officers of a nearby Moto Mart being held up at gun point. However, it was quickly determined that one of the suspects had called a friend telling them to report a fake robbery so the officers would be called away, allowing them to escape.
Police also discovered that one of the suspects threatened to use mace on one of the Kohl's security guards if the guard interfered with the thefts. A search of the vehicle revealed the stolen merchandise, drugs, drug paraphernalia, a stun gun, and a can of mace.
Both Abbotts posted bond and were released from custody. Bootchee has four outstanding warrants and is being held at the Fairview Heights Police Department on $75,000 bond.