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Chicago man accused of burglary and fight with Oak Brook cops


A Chicago man has been charged with theft and fighting with officers for an incident at Oakbrook Center on Saturday.

Zachary Silagi, 30, of the 800 block of South Plymouth Court, was charged with one count of Burglary (Class 2 Felony), one count of Retail Theft (Class 3 Felony), and one count of Resisting or Obstructing a Police Officer Causing Injury (Class 4 Felony). Felony), according to information from DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin’s office.

On March 2, 2024, at approximately 8:13 p.m., Oak Brook police officers were dispatched to Nordstrom, 10 Oak Brook Center, at approximately 8:15 p.m. Saturday for a report of a man suspected of shoplifting and fighting with loss prevention officers. Berlin office said.

Silagi reportedly entered Nordstrom with bags purchased at a Target store, selected various items and went to the fitting room. The report states that Silagi had no visible merchandise on him when he emerged from the locker room, but the Target store bags he brought with him were filled with approximately $1,300 worth of clothing and men’s cosmetics.

Silagi reportedly attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise and was stopped by loss prevention officers, at which time Silagi began fighting with these loss prevention officers. When an Oak Brook police officer assigned to the mall arrived to assist, he continued the fight, causing injuries to loss prevention officers and an Oak Brook police officer assigned to the mall. Additional Oak Brook police arrived at the scene and took Silagi into custody.
At a hearing Sunday, Judge Alex McGimpsey denied the State’s request to detain Silagi pretrial.

“The allegations that Mr. Silagi entered Nordstrom, provided himself with $1,300 worth of merchandise, and then engaged in a physical altercation with officers while attempting to leave without payment are outrageous,” Berlin said in a statement.

Oak Brook Police Chief Brian Strockis added that the behavior exhibited by Silagi will not be tolerated in Oak Brook.

“If you’re coming here to steal and think you can avoid arrest by resisting, you’re wrong,” he said. Resisting arrest puts officers and the individual at risk of serious injury, and I am grateful that this incident did not occur.”

Silagi’s next hearing is scheduled for April 1 before Judge Mia McPherson.


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