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3 charged after Mag Mile purse theft, crash

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Three men face various charges after a Magnificent Mile shoplifting incident Friday morning led to a crash a short time later on the Near North Side.

Jawon Sellers, 27, of the Englewood neighborhood, faces a felony count of retail theft and misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct and criminal trespass to a vehicle, Chicago Police said. Fredrick Bishop, 18, of the Roseland neighborhood, faces misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to a vehicle, reckless conduct leading to bodily harm and theft of mislaid property.

A third man, Christopher Pennil, 18, of the West Pullman neighborhood, faces misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to a vehicle and battery causing bodily harm, police said.

Officers on patrol about 11:45 a.m. saw Sellers running out of a retail store in the 900 block of North Michigan carrying multiple purses, according to police. He then got into a vehicle that Bishop and Pennil were already inside and the three men drove off.

The officers followed the vehicle, which eventually crashed into multiple other vehicles and came to a stop at Division and Dearborn streets, police said. The three men got out of the vehicle and tried to run away, but were taken into custody.