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Last of 3 ex-cons sentenced in Naperville shoplifting case

The last of three ex-convicts has been sentenced to jail and ordered to undergo counseling for her part in a shoplifting attempt late last year at two clothing stores on Naperville’s far west side.

Ruby D. Bowles, 28, of south suburban Riverdale, pleaded guilty in DuPage County Circuit Court to a felony charge of burglary, according to court records.

Two companion counts of burglary and attempted retail theft were dismissed in exchange for that plea, records showed.

DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell accepted Bowles’ plea and sentenced her to six months in DuPage County Jail, records indicated. Bowles served at least 90 days in jail following her arrest, and with day-for-day credit for good behavior, has completed that term and been released.

Fawell on Tuesday also placed Bowles on two years of probation and ordered her to undergo any counseling deemed appropriate by the probation department, according to records.

Naperville police on Dec. 6, 2012, arrested Bowles and two friends, Darlene A. Miller and Laquana T. Moore.

The women were taken into custody that evening after trying to steal merchandise from the Old Navy store at 220 S. Route 59 and the nearby Justice clothing store, 304 S. Route 59.

Bowles and Moore at the time were in possession of “modified screwdrivers.” Shoplifters sometimes use the devices to pry anti-theft tags from articles of clothing, and the screwdrivers by law are considered to be burglary tools.

Miller, 23, of south suburban Hazel Crest, was sentenced in May 2012 to 54 days in jail, for shoplifting from a store in Oak Brook.

She was sentenced on Jan. 16 to two years in prison, after being convicted of a felony charge of retail theft in the Naperville case. Records on file with the Illinois Department of Corrections in Springfield showed she also is serving a three-year prison term for three similar crimes committed in 2011 in Cook County.

Moore, 24, of Chicago, had been out of prison for only two months before being arrested in Naperville. She had just completed serving a two-year term for felony retail theft, prison records indicated.

She pleaded guilty on Dec. 18, 2012, to a felony charge of burglary, and was sentenced that day to 24 days in jail and placed on two years of probation, according to records.

Bowles previously served time in jail for stealing in September 2010 from a store in Wheaton, records showed.

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