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South suburban relatives arrested in South Elgin shoplifting
By Lenore T. Adkins | Daily Herald Staff

Sandra L. Clay


Shontae R. Bennett


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Published: 4/15/2010 3:00 PM

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Two South suburban women are accused of stealing clothes and dozens of high-end fragrances from a Kohl's department store in South Elgin.

Shontae R. Bennett, 18, of the 14400 block of Kimbark Avenue, Dolton, and step-aunt Sandra L. Clay, 43, of the 200 block of East 149th Street, Harvey, were each charged Wednesday with felony retail theft and unlawful possession of a theft detection device remover, police said.

South Elgin Sgt. Mike Doty said Kohl's personnel called police at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday to report the pair were shoplifting.

Police pulled their car over near Kohl's on Randall and McDonald Road and searched its contents, Doty said.

Police say the pair stole 48 bottles of expensive cologne and perfume valued at $2,138 - all of the bottles recovered were either Daisy by Marc Jacobs or Black, a men's fragrance by Kenneth Cole.

Police also discovered a pair of women's sandals, rings and several items of clothes as well as scissors, two pry bars and wire cutters to remove theft detectors on the products, Doty said.

During a Thursday morning bond hearing, Kane County Judge Bruce Lester asked the pair what they were doing so far away from home.

"Doing a little shopping and other stuff," a giggling Bennett told the judge.

That other stuff may include additional shoplifting, Doty said, adding that the two may be linked to other thefts in Geneva and Naperville.

"We're working with a few other agencies with some of the items that we recovered in the vehicle," Doty said. "At this point, there's no charges to talk about until we speak with them a bit more."

Lester set Clay's bond at $15,000 and Bennett's at $7,000.

Both are scheduled to appear in court April 29 at the Kane County Judicial Center.

Retail theft in their case is a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to three years in prison.