Man Facing Theft-Related Charge After Allegedly Stealing Suitcase

Being convicted of a felony crime can have long-standing consequences on the rest of one’s life here in Illinois and the rest of the country. Even if a person has only been accused of such a crime, such as a theft-related charge, his or her life can be turned upside down rather quickly. This is particular true with the alleged theft involving human hair wigs that were made for patients with cancer.

A Chicago man has recently been accused of stealing a suitcase from the O’Hare International Airport. The suitcase supposedly contained nearly $70,000 worth of wigs that were being transported to various cancer patients. The suitcase was picked up from one of the baggage claim areas at the airport.

The 35-year-old man is facing a felony count of theft and is being held in jail on a $900,000 bond. Although the suitcase contained roughly $70,000 worth of wigs, the suitcase was actually worth more than $90,000. It contained metal bracelets, clothing and a pair of shoes made by Michael Kors. While this man has been caught on video taking the suitcase, it isn’t clear whether or not this was an intentional incident. Therefore, the prosecution will have to prove that it was intentional in order to obtain a conviction.

There are extremely harsh consequences associated with a theft-related charge here in Illinois, especially when it is defined as a felony. This can include anything from jail time and hefty fines to difficulty gaining lucrative employment in the future. Just because a person has been accused of a crime, it does not mean in any way that he or she is guilty of the alleged crime. Each person has the legal right to a fair and speedy trial that will allow him or her to develop a defense that can hopefully shed light on the incident and obtain the most favorable outcome.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Cops: Man stole suitcase with $68,000 worth of wigs from O’Hare Airport“, Aug. 1, 2015