Cops stop ex-con with carload of over-the-counter medications
BY BILL BIRD email@example.com December 28, 2012 7:56PM
Updated: February 3, 2013 6:10AM
A Wheaton man who was paroled from prison less than a year ago is free on bond and awaiting trial, after Naperville police found more than $4,000 worth of allegedly stolen pharmaceuticals in his vehicle.
Patrick F. Karney, who turned 30 on Sunday, is an ex-convict with an extensive record that includes convictions for shoplifting and drug possession. He is now charged with felony theft of stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000, according to DuPage County Circuit Court records.
Naperville police arrested Karney about 8:30 a.m. Dec. 24 near Jefferson Avenue and Whispering Hills Drive, in the Will-O-Way neighborhood on the city’s west side.
Sgt. Lou Cammiso said officers charged him with stealing an estimated $800 worth of over-the-counter drugs from an area grocery store Cammiso did not identify.
Cammiso said “a larger amount of additional, over-the-counter medications ... were located in (Karney’s) vehicle.” The estimated value of those pharmaceuticals was $4,000, he said.
Records on file with the Illinois Department of Corrections in Springfield indicated Karney in 2010 was sentenced to three years in prison, following a felony retail theft conviction in Cook County. He was paroled in February, but is not scheduled to be discharged from parole until Feb. 13, records showed.
Karney has done at least three stints in DuPage County Jail since September 2004. He was sentenced then to seven days in jail, after being convicted of a misdemeanor charge of retail theft in Lombard, according to records.
He was sentenced in October 2006 to six months in jail for two felony retail thefts in Elmhurst, records indicated. He was also sentenced last May to 364 days in jail, after being found guilty of felony possession of a controlled substance in Glen Ellyn, records showed.
Karney is free on $2,500 bond in the Naperville matter.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 7 in Judge Robert G. Kleeman’s courtroom.