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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Eight Chicago People Indicted on Federal Charges in Connection with Plaza Frontenac Robbery

St. Louis, MO – Eight individuals arrested on November 26, 2016, for their part in a robbery at Plaza Frontenac were indicted today for interstate transportation of stolen property.


Dejuan WingardMario WashingtonJacob Lee, Derrick CrowderDarius Bowdry, Terrence BellJulian Campbell and Keyshyala Thomas, all of Chicago, Illinois, were each indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count each of interstate transportation of stolen property, which follows a criminal complaint filed Monday.


According to court records, the eight named defendants and others entered the Saks Fifth Avenue department store soon after it opened on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and ran to the Chanel counter, grabbing thirty handbags and smashing fixtures in the process.  The group then left the store and entered two waiting vehicles, which left the shopping center and traveled east on Highway 64/40.  The Frontenac, Missouri, police department pursued the vehicles but disengaged due to safety concerns as the defendants’ vehicle was exceeding 100 miles per hour on the highway.


Later that morning, the Illinois State Police and other local departments from southern Illinois were able to stop the defendants’ car, which contained sixteen of the stolen handbags, and take the defendants into custody.  The defendants remain in federal custody on the government’s motion to detain them pending trial.


Interstate transportation of stolen property carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or fines up $250,000. Restitution is mandatory and the government is seeking the criminal forfeiture of all the stolen merchandise.  In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.


The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Frontenac Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Montgomery (IL) County Sheriff’s Department, the Montgomery (IL) County Prosecutor’s Office and the St. Louis County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. Assistant United States Attorney Tom Albus is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

Updated December 7, 2016