Illinois woman faces theft charges in Coralville

Police say she took handbags from Von Maur on three occasions

CORALVILLE — A Rock Island, Ill., woman is facing multiple theft charges after police say she took or attempted to take handbags from Von Maur without purchasing them on three occasions last fall.

According to a criminal complaint, Joyce Bogguess, 54, entered Iowa River Landing’s Von Maur on Sept. 28, 2017. Store surveillance video shows her removing two Kate Spade handbags from a sales rack and walking out of the store with the merchandise without making a purchase, according to the complaint.

On Oct. 7, 2017, surveillance video shows Bogguess entering the store again, removing two Marc Jacobs handbags and leaving the store without paying, according to the criminal complaint.

The four handbags had a total value of $1,393.

Meanwhile, on Sept. 30, 2017, Von Maur’s loss prevention employees observed Bogguess concealing two hand bags under her dress and selecting a third handbag, according to the criminal complaint. After she walked past all points of sale without making a purchase while holding the third handbag, employees stopped Bogguess and recovered one handbag. She then left the store with the two handbags, which had a total value of $948, according to the complaint.

Bogguess’ license plate number was captured on video during one incident. Coralville police later located her, finding two handbags.

Bogguess also admitted to using the alias Joyce Millbrook, according to the complaint.

She faces charges of second-degree and third-degree theft.

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