Park Ridge Police Charge Suspect in Area Restaurant Pickpocketing Enterprise

On Jan. 13, 2015 Park Ridge Police arrested a suspect who is believed to be responsible for an area wide criminal pickpocketing enterprise. Area restaurants had been experiencing thefts of wallets from purses since September 2014. In October 2014, Park Ridge investigators hosted an informational sharing meeting with a dozen nearby police agencies who had been investigating similar thefts. The investigation revealed that the same suspect was part of an elaborate, on-going financial crimes enterprise who intentionally committed thefts by way of pickpocketing, typically from patrons at local restaurants. The investigation further showed that this suspect is alleged to have committed numerous thefts from restaurant patrons across the area, including thefts in Park Ridge on Sep. 5 and Sep. 15, as well as, Oct. 6,2014. The proceeds of the thefts, specifically credit cards and personal identifying information, were used to purchase gift cards and merchandise from retail establishments.

Stacy Blackwell, 28 years of age, 4200 Vincennes Chicago was charged with one count of Organizer of a Continuing Financial Crimes Enterprise, a class X felony as well as three counts of theft.

This arrest highlights law enforcement’s ability to work together at solving multijurisdictional crimes.



 
 
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