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Charges filed against pair for thefts at area Walmarts

Chicago man, Worth woman allegedly took $1,400 in merchandise from Morris store

Retail theft charges have been filed against a Chicago-area duo that Morris police said stole more than $1,400 of merchandise from the Morris Walmart.

According to Sgt. Scott Henderson, the charges were filed Monday and warrants were issued for Demetrios E. Bracey, 36, of Chicago, and Felicia R. Sykes, 22, of Worth, Ill., for the Class 3 felony. Bracey and Sykes are currently being held at the La Salle County jail.

Henderson said the incident took place at 4 a.m. on Nov. 9., 2011, when police responded to a report that two people had entered the store and exited without paying for items, including a touch-screen computer, a portable media player, an iPhone case and a snow thrower. The merchandise was valued at approximately $1,465.

Bracey and Sykes have been in custody in La Salle County since a traffic stop the same day of the theft. Henderson said they were also tied to a retail theft at the Ottawa Walmart that day. During the traffic stop, the merchandise in their vehicle was found to have originated from the Morris store.

Henderson said the case was forwarded to the state's attorney's office requesting charges after he interviewed the two at the Ottawa Police Department. Additionally, the two have been interviewed by several area law enforcement agencies for similar incidents.

Bond was set at $10,000 for Bracey and Sykes.

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