NORTHBROOK — A Chicago man was arrested on a charge of theft when he tried to walk out of the Northbrook UPS facility with $5,792 worth of iPhones in his backpack.
Khalil J. Harris, 21, of the 2600 block of East 92nd Street in Chicago, was arrested and charged with felony theft after he was stopped by UPS loss prevention personnel on December 6 carrying the phones as he left work, according to Northbrook Police reports.
“The company has a policy of checking employees when they enter and leave the facility,” said Dan Petka, the community relations supervisor for the Northbrook Police Department. “They found the iPhones in his backpack or something he was carrying.”
When UPS loss prevention discovered the phones, they called the Northbrook Police who came to the facility and arrested Harris.
Harris appeared in Cook County Criminal Court December 7 where bond was set at $10,000, according to Lisa Gordon, a spokesperson for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. She said he was charged with a Class 3 felony. If convicted, he could serve between two and five years in prison.
Harris remains in Cook County Jail unable to post the cash portion of the bond, according to the records at the Cook County Jail. He next appears in court January 5, according to Gordon.
Petka said there is an uptick in theft when holiday time arrives, particularly at the Northbrook Court Shopping Center.
“The stores are busier and the clerks and can’t watch as much they can in the offseason,” said Petka. “They can have three people in one line at the same time and they can’t check things so closely.”