Crime & Courts

Four men charged with stealing $15,000 worth of cologne from Oak Brook store


Bond was set Nov. 13 for four of six individuals, all of whom are from Chicago, accused of stealing nearly $15,000 worth of merchandise from an Ulta Beauty store located at 2155 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook.

Peaches P. Johnson, 29, of the 6900 block of South Campbell Avenue; Kamal J. Hoskins, 25, of the 1600 block of East 67th Street, Roy Crane, 21, of the 1500 block of East 93rd Street; and Darnell Profit, 19, of the 1500 block of East 93 Street, appeared in bond court where bond was set at $175,000 for Johnson and $100,000 for Hoskins, Crane and Profit, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

The two remaining individuals, both juveniles, appeared at a detention hearing. All six defendants have been charged with one count of burglary and one count of retail theft, the release stated.

Oak Brook police on Nov. 12 at approximately 5:44 p.m. received information from the Chicago Police Department that a vehicle suspected of being involved in illegal activity in Norridge earlier that day was in front of the Ulta Beauty store.

Officers responded, but by the time they arrived, the vehicle had fled. It is alleged that five male subjects, all wearing hoodies and ski masks, ran into the store. At least three of the individuals pulled out garbage bags, and all five subjects worked in unison, clearing out the shelves of cologne into the garbage bags, the release stated.

The vehicle was located driving southbound on Interstate 294 at which time the Hinsdale police shut down the highway and took the suspects into custody. In all, it is alleged that the individuals stole 153 bottles of cologne worth nearly $15,000, according to the release.

“In DuPage County, we do not tolerate the type of violent forcible felony that these men are accused of,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “The allegations that these six individuals traveled to DuPage County to commit this crime at the onset of the holiday season will not be taken lightly and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“These criminal incidents that have been proliferating across the region must stop,” Oak Brook Chief of Police James Kruger said in the release. “The Oak Brook Police Department is committed to keeping our community safe and with the great partnership we have with our state’s attorney, offenders will understand there is a consequence for their actions.”

The next court appearance for the four men is scheduled for Dec. 13 for arraignment.