Four suspects, including one juvenile, are facing charges after allegedly stealing over $3,600 worth of merchandise from Macy's.
Fairview Heights officers were called to the Macy's in St. Clair Square mall on Saturday around 4 pm where the store's loss prevention officers attempted to stop three suspects.
According to reports, the suspects stole an assortment of clothing items and the store’s security was at first able to stop one of the three suspects.
Once the suspects saw that one of the suspects had been detained by loss prevention officers, the two suspects returned along with a fourth suspect, a woman, and began to fight with the officers.
One of the loss prevention officers was punched and scratched by the woman as the other suspects freed the suspect who had been captured, said police.
Fairview Heights Police arrived in the area and attempted to stop the van, but were not able to catch up to the suspects until the van hit traffic.
Officers approached the van at the intersection of North Illinois at the main mall entrance and were able to disable the van so the suspects were not able to flee back to Missouri.
All four suspects including Danny R. Julian, Randy Robinson, Aletha D. Smooths, and a juvenile were taken into custody.
Police recovered approximately merchandise from the vehicle while taking the suspects into custody.
Loss prevention officers advised police they recognized the suspects from committing a similar theft.
On Monday, the St. Clair County State Attorney’s office issued charges for each suspect including:
Danny Julian, 37 Felony Retail Theft Mob Action Fleeing and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer Parole Violation Warrant-Original charges of Retail TheftRandy Robinson, 31 Felony Retail Theft Mob ActionAlethea Simmons, 36 Felony Retail Theft Aggravated Battery-two counts Mob ActionThe fourth suspect, a 12-year-old juvenile has been referred to a juvenile court for charges.
The Macy’s security officer received scratches and bruises from being punched by one of the suspects but did not require medical treatment.
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