NikeTown Employee Charged With Stealing $20K

An employee at NikeTown Chicago was arrested by authorities last week for allegedly stealing $20,000 from the flagship Nike store.

Ellean Hughes, 27, of Chicago, was picked up by local police when she arrived to work Tuesday morning after it was discovered she was ringing up bogus returns and refunding them to her own personal debit card. Hughes is being charged with 2nd degree theft, which in the state of Illinois carries a maximum punishment of 3-7 years in jail. There’s a chance she could qualify for probation given she has no priors. She’s being held on $25,000 bond and is scheduled to go to court on August 2nd for a primarily hearing.

According to a report released by the state’s attorney’s office, managers at NikeTown Chicago became wary when they noticed Hughes was processing a rather unusual amount of returns through her register. As they monitored her activity, they noticed the returns were being made when no customers were around and that the money was being credited to the same debit card. As the pieces were put together, it was revealed that Hughes ripped the store off for a total of $19,239.14 since the beginning of the year.

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