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Shady—Chicago Man Smuggles Nearly $3K Worth of Sunglasses Out of Orland Park LensCrafters: Cops

The Chicago man grabbed Ray-Ban, Tory Burch, Burberry, Versace and Emporio Armani sunglasses, police said.

Escedreau Neil. Credit: Orland Park Police Department
Escedreau Neil. Credit: Orland Park Police Department
A Chicago man managed to conceal and carry nearly $3,000 worth of designer sunglasses out of the Orland Park LensCrafters, police said.

But security was on to 44-year-old Escedreau Neil and caught him after he stashed the sunglasses by a parked car and tried to walk back into the mall, police said.

Neil, of 8506 Jeffery Blvd., was charged with felony retail theft for allegedly boosting 14 pairs of sunglasses from the Orland Park mall store.

Neil spent about an hour in LensCrafters and kept moving toward and away from the sunglass racks, police said. A customer reportedly alerted a store employee that Neil was snatching sunglasses off the racks and slipping them into his shirt.

A pair of security guards stopped Neil when he attempted to re-enter the mall. The guards reportedly told police Neil was "confrontational upon being approached and asked (one of them) what they were going to do to him."

Neil allegedly stole Ray-Ban, Tory Burch, Burberry, Versace and Emporio Armani sunglasses. The total haul was worth $2,938.73, police said.

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Sherry C. April 30, 2014 at 12:11 PM
I live in Orland and am afraid to go to the mall alone.
Kristen Heather Grosskopf April 30, 2014 at 02:34 PM
I went to the mall yesterday in the late afternoon
SouthSide April 30, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Kudos to the whistler blower(s). It takes a village.
comic relief April 30, 2014 at 11:17 PM
Why would he need all those sunglasses? He must have extremely sensitive eyes.. There should be a government program for people who have sensitive eyes. They should be entitled to at least a free pair of designer sunglasses every year.
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