Owner of Former Arlington Heights Bridal Shop Charged with Theft by Deception

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Monique Pruitt, charged with Theft by Deception (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff's Office)
Monique Pruitt, charged with Theft by Deception (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff’s Office).

The Arlington Heights Police Department has announced that charges have been filed against the former owner and operator of an Arlington Heights bridal shop. The store was formerly located at the southwest corner of Miner Street and Evergreen Avenue in downtown Arlington Heights. The charges follow an investigation of a theft by deceptive practice case.

The Arlington Heights Police Department initiated a Deceptive Practice investigation after receiving a complaint that a retail bridal shop failed to deliver an ordered wedding gown. Allegedly, Monique Pruitt, then owner of Ava Nicole Bridal Shop, previously located on Miner Street and Evergreen Avenue in Arlington Heights, accepted a $2,310.00 payment for a custom fitted bridal gown on March 1, 2023. The bridal shop communicated that the gown would be delivered in time for a scheduled late summer wedding in 2023.

Customer Donieshia Wade said the owner required the payment be submitted via Zelle.

Prior to the agreed delivery date, it was discovered Pruitt vacated her Arlington Heights store and changed telephone numbers. The retail space has since been occupied by an unrelated business by unrelated ownership.

The owner of Ava Nicole Bridal Suite in Arlington Heights is accused of taking money for wedding dresses that never arrive and not issuing refunds. (Samantha Chatman/ABC 7 Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Arlington Heights Ava Nicole Bridal Suite owner Monique Pruitt, accused of taking people’s money without providing promised services, was arrested and charged with theft by deception on Friday, December 15, 2023 (Samantha Chatman/ABC 7 Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Payment screen shot image obtained from customer by ABC 7 Chicago
Payment screen shot image totalling $2,310.00 obtained from customer by ABC 7 Chicago.

After the store was vacated, Pruitt postponed three fitting appointments, and ceased all communication with the customer, according to the Arlington Heights Police Department. The customer never received her gown or a refund. Additional investigation revealed Pruitt’s retail account with the gown’s manufacturer had been closed for one year due to non-payment of invoices.

Monique Pruitt failed to cooperate in the police investigation and an arrest warrant was issued. Pruitt was arrested on December 15, 2023. Detectives reviewed the case with prosecutors from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Pruitt has been charged with one count of Theft by Deception.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office records indicate that Monique L. Pruitt, is in custody in Cook County Jail (DIV08-2B-D1-26). However, Arlington Heights Police Department indicated that Monique L. Pruitt, age 43, was released. Both sources indicate that was scheduled to appear in court today, Tuesday, December 19, 2023.

According to ABC 7 Chicago, Arlington Heights Department Chief of Police Nicholas Pecora told the ABC I-Team that the police department is investigating three case involving Monique Pruitt.



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