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3 ex-cons nabbed for crimes at Naperville stores

LaquanT. Moore 23 Chicago two other women with criminal records face trial charges burglary attempted retail theft following an incident

Laquana T. Moore, 23, of Chicago, and two other women with criminal records face trial on charges of burglary and attempted retail theft, following an incident Thursday night at two stores on Naperville's far west side. | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department

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Updated: January 10, 2013 6:36AM



Three ex-convicts are in custody at DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, after being arrested and charged with burglary and attempted shoplifting from two clothing stores on Naperville’s far west side.

One of the women, Laquana T. Moore, was released from prison only two months ago, after serving a two-year sentence for felony retail theft, according to records on file with the Illinois Department of Corrections in Springfield.

Additionally, an examination of DuPage County Circuit Court records revealed one of Moore’s alleged accomplices, Darlene A. Miller, was jailed in May, after being charged with shoplifting that month from a store in Oak Brook.

Moore, 23, of Chicago, and Miller, 22, of south suburban Hazel Crest, now face trial on felony charges of burglary and attempted retail theft. Identical charges have been filed against the third woman, Ruby D. Bowles, 27, of south suburban Riverdale.

Naperville police Sgt. Lou Cammiso said the women were arrested about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, after they allegedly tried to steal merchandise from the Old Navy outlet at 220 S. Route 59 and the Justice clothing store at 304 S. Route 59.

Cammiso said he had little detail about the incidents because the formal police reports remained incomplete as of late Friday.

The burglary charge might have been filed because one of the women allegedly had a “modified screwdriver” in her possession, Cammiso said. Such devices can be used to pry anti-theft sensory tags from articles of clothing, and are considered by law enforcement agents to be burglary tools.

Moore in February was sentenced to prison, after being convicted of a charge of retail theft of merchandise valued at more than $150. That count stemmed from a December 2010 shoplifting case in Wheaton, according to court records.

Prison records indicated Moore was paroled on Oct. 10, although she is not to be discharged from parole until Oct. 10 of next year.

Moore also was found guilty in February of a misdemeanor charge of retail theft, for a November 2011 crime in Lombard, court records showed. She was fined in that case.

Miller in September pleaded guilty to a felony charge of retail theft in the Oak Brook matter. She was sentenced to 54 days in jail, placed on probation and fined, according to court records.

Bowles in March 2011 was sentenced to 90 days in jail, after being convicted of shoplifting in September 2010 in Wheaton, records indicated. She also was fined and placed on probation.

Jail records showed bail was set Friday at $100,000 each for Miller and Moore, and at $75,000 for Bowles. Their arraignment dates are pending.



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