DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Oak Brook Interim Chief of Police John Krull announced that bond was set yesterday for a Chicago woman accused of stealing more than $17,000 worth of merchandise from the Neiman Marcus store in Oak Brook. Terri Collins, age 21, of the 100 block of West 110th Street, appeared in Bond Court yesterday morning where Judge Leah Bendik set bond at $50,000 with 10% to apply. Collins has been charged with one count of Burglary (Class 2 Felony) and one count of Retail Theft (Class 3 Felony).
Allegedly on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at approximately 2:54 p.m., Collins, along with several other individuals, entered the store and met up with two males who were already in the store. Allegedly Collins and the individuals with whom she entered the store, along with the two males who were previously in the store, then went directly to a coat section of the store. It is further alleged that Collins and the others cut the security wires off numerous Monclear coats and ran toward the store’s exit. Allegedly, as Collins and the other individuals attempted to leave the store, a loss prevention officer knocked the items out of Collins’ hands, including coats and a pair of wire cutters. Collins was detained at the scene while all the other individuals were able to flee prior to the arrival of the Oak Brook Police Department. Additional coats were found outside the store.
“Smash and grab thefts involving multiple individuals are not a crime of opportunity. They are well organized by those who resort to violence and sheer numbers to commit their crimes. The allegations that this defendant, along with several others, entered a retail store in the middle of the afternoon intent on stealing merchandise will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will be met with the full force of the law. As I have said many times before, public safety is our top priority in DuPage County, and anyone who commits this type of violent forcible felony will be caught, prosecuted and, if found guilty, face significant consequences. I commend the loss prevention officer at Neiman Marcus for his outstanding efforts in apprehending and detaining the defendant in this case until the police arrived. I thank the Oak Brook Police Department for their work on this case and their continued efforts in keeping our retail establishments safe. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Bridget Carlson and Kristin Grossman for their work in preparing a strong case against the defendant.”
— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin
“This type of activity is reprehensible and places everyone at increased risk. The Oak Brook Police Department working in partnership with our retailers and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office remain committed to providing a safe environment for all. These types of incidents will not be tolerated in Oak Brook or anywhere in DuPage County and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
— Oak Brook Interim Chief of Police John Krull
Collins’ next court appearance is scheduled for March 7, 2022, for arraignment in front of Judge Daniel Guerin.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
— DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office
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