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2 women charged with felony retail theft in Batavia

One suspect also charged with felony eluding police

BATAVIA – Two Aurora women were charged with felony shoplifting and one faces an additional felony charge of fleeing a police officer when she disobeyed a officer’s direction to stop her car, but increased her speed instead, according to court records and police records released after a Freedom of Information Act request.

Evelynn A. Rice, 23, of the 600 block of Westgate Drive, Aurora, was charged Jan. 29 with retail theft of items valued at more than $300 from Kohl's, 251 N. Randall Road, Batavia.

Rice is also charged with fleeing and eluding, as well as disobeying a stop sign and a traffic signal, according to police and court records. Rice was also cited for an improper use of her car’s registration.

In the same incident, Carmelia M. Martindale, 18, of the 1700 block of Plum Street, Aurora, was also charged with felony retail theft of items valued at more than $300 from Kohl’s.

According to police reports, Batavia police responded to Kohl’s shortly after 4 p.m.

Both women are charged with Class 3 felonies in connection to the retail theft charges, punishable by two to five years in prison and fines of up to $25,000 if convicted.

Rice is also charged with a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 if convicted.

Rice posted $910 as bail, or 10 percent of the $9,100 bond that was set. She is to appear in court March 20 for a preliminary hearing.

Martindale posted $410 as bail, or 10 percent of the $4,100 bond that was set. She is to appear in court on March 6.

More details about the arrests were not available, as Batavia police cited exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act of private information, invasion of personal privacy, deprivation of a fair trial and victim and witness statements and information.

The Kane County Chronicle has filed a request for review from the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor in order to obtain more complete information from Batavia police.

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