By Rosemary Regina Sobol
6:05 PM CDT, October 23, 2013
A judge set bail at $50,000 today for a parolee with a history of retail theft who police said stole nine pairs of men’s gloves worth nearly $1,500 from a Saks Fifth Avenue store on North Michigan Avenue Tuesday.
Willie Mallett, 47, was charged with felony retail theft, according to Lisa Gordon, spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney's office.
Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. who set bail at $50,000 today, said Mallett must appear again in court on Oct. 29, Gordon said.
A security officer saw Mallett removing nine pairs of gloves totaling about $1,480 from the display at Saks in the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue, according to a police report.
When two additional security agents confronted Mallett on the street after he hid the gloves on himself and exited the store, they asked him to give the merchandise back but Mallett threw two pairs on the ground and fled east, the report said.
The guards called 911 and officers chased Mallett for about five blocks before apprehending him about 3 p.m. in the 200 block of North LaSalle Street, police said.
Mallet, of the 1500 block of West 13th Street, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for shortness of breath while authorities charged with him felony retail theft, police said.
Mallett was serving a ten years sentence for a 2007 robbery conviction but was paroled on Sept. 11, 2012, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.
Records show Mallet was also convicted of felony retail theft in 2001 and in 1993.
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