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.