LAKE FOREST — Jewel Osco employees helped Lake Forest Police identify a suspect in a burglary and theft case Feb. 24 and 25, according to Lake Forest Police Commander Craig Lepkowski.
Lepkowski said store employees saw a video of a person removing items from the market. When the suspect returned the next day loading his cart again, the workers called police. Officers arrived at the store and took the alleged offender into custody.
Mark A. Goodwin, 45, of the 600 block of Linda Lane in Lynwood, was arrested on charges of burglary and theft from Jewel Osco in Lake Forest Feb. 24, according to Lake Forest Police reports.
“The night before (the suspect) was seen on a video taking $554 worth of merchandise,” Lepkowski said. “He came back the next day. Employees saw him filling his cart again and called police.”
The date of the arrest is Feb. 24 because that is when the alleged criminal acts occurred, according to Lipkowski.
When police arrived at the store Feb. 25, they allegedly found Goodwin with $603 worth of merchandise in a cart, according to Lepkowski. Lepkowski said he did not know what was in the cart Feb. 25 but Goodwin allegedly took Rogaine, Oil of Olay and Crest whitening strips valued at $554 on Feb. 24.
After interviewing personnel at Jewel, police took Goodwin to the Lake Forest Police station for further questioning, according to the report. Police learned Goodwin had six previous convictions for retail theft. Lepkowski said there were no charges arising out of finding Goodwin with merchandise in his cart on Feb. 25 because nothing was removed from the market.
Though Goodwin was not alleged to have broken into the store, Lepkowski said Goodwin was charged with burglary because he “entered the premises with the intent to commit a felony or theft.”
Goodwin is being held in Lake County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond. He is next scheduled to appear in Lake County Criminal Court March 8 in Waukegan.
The burglary charges are Class 2 felonies and the thefts are classified as Class 3. Class 2 crimes carry a sentence of between three and seven years in prison. If convicted of a Class 3 felony, a person can serve between two and five years.
Jewel management declined to comment on the role its employees played helping police.