PEORIA — A man arrested for allegedly shoplifting about $1,100 worth of merchandise from J.C. Penney on Monday told police he was Christmas shopping, according to a report filed at the Peoria Police Department.
The responding officer found the 47-year-old man pulling a suitcase out of the Northwoods Mall store. The loss prevention officer said she had seen the man stuffing clothes and shoes into the suitcase, and that he’d left the store without paying for it, the report said.
Recovered were four pairs of shoes, eight shirts, two sweatshirts, and three pairs of jeans. Also recovered was the suitcase.
After he was arrested, the man said, “I’m just trying to do some Christmas shopping. I did something stupid,” according to the report.
He was booked into the Peoria County Jail on charges of retail theft. In addition, he was found to have a warrant for his arrest due to not appearing in Peoria County Circuit Court and also a warrant from Wisconsin for a parole violation. Officers also found a slight amount of marijuana on him and issued him an ordinance violation.