Chicago man, teen, charged in Batavia phone theft case

A man and a teenage boy from Chicago have been charged with retail theft and are accused of ripping six smartphones out of displays Thursday night at the AT&T store in Batavia.

Police said they were called at 6:41 p.m. after the two suspects asked employees of the store at 201 N. Randall Road about the phones, then took them, damaging the displays. They drove off in a maroon sport utility vehicle, police said.

Witnesses saw someone throw parts of a display out of a vehicle in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 100 block of South Randall Road, police said.

Kane County sheriff's officers located a vehicle matching the description driving eastbound on Interstate 88. They chased it to Naperville Road, with speeds reaching 105 mph, police said.

Lisle police later found two people in a wooded area and called Batavia police at 7:47 p.m. It was determined the two were the suspects in the retail theft, and they were arrested.

Sharn Green Jr., 28, of the 1100 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, and the teen were charged with felony retail theft and misdemeanor criminal damage to property. Green appeared in court Friday morning and was being held in the Kane County jail. Bail was set at $15,000.

The juvenile was being held at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center.

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