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

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sixth Chicago-Area Defendant Sentenced in Plaza Frontenac Smash and Grab

St. Louis, MO – Julian Campbell, 23, of Chicago was sentenced to 40 months today in U.S. District Court for his role in stealing more than $150,000 in luxury handbags from Saks Fifth Avenue at Plaza Frontenac. Campbell is the sixth of eight defendants to be sentenced in U.S. v. Dejaun Wingard et al. An additional five defendants await trial in U.S. v. William Curry et al.


Campbell admitted to traveling from Chicago on November 26, 2016 with a group of associates, stealing the purses and leading police on high-speed chase before being apprehended near Litchfield Illinois. Campbell also acknowledged conducting similar heists in Cincinnati, Ohio; Northbrook, Illinois and at Plaza Frontenac earlier in 2016.


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.




Updated September 1, 2017