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Venezuelan migrants accused of stealing thousands in merchandise from Illinois Macy’s

Two Venezuelan migrants residing in Chicago were charged with stealing nearly $3,000 in merchandise from a suburban Macy’s on Tuesday and prompted authorities to warn of an uptick in migrant criminal activity coming from the city.

Luis Mendez-Gomez, 28, and Frank Montez-Davila, 23, left the Macy’s store in Oak Brook, Illinois, around 1:40 p.m. carrying a “happy birthday” bag and a backpack containing merchandise, DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office said.

Oak Brook police officers on patrol spotted the men’s “suspicious behavior” and saw them enter a car that left the scene, prosecutors said.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and discovered 16 high-end fragrances and a pair of pants with a total approximate value of $2,832.50, officials said.

In that case, Abel Barrios-Estava and Rafael Mata-Torres were each charged and released on the condition they each wear an electronic monitoring device.

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