An ex-convict and two other people with significant records remain in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, after they allegedly stole nearly $500 worth of merchandise from a Naperville discount store and were then found to be in possession of heroin.
Bardhyl Lleshi, Richard A. Olson and Leann M. Grivetti all face trial on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and retail theft, according to records in DuPage County Circuit Court.
Lleshi, 38, of Cicero, has been arrested or ticketed more than 50 times since 1998 in Will County, and served prison or jail terms for burglary and narcotics crimes, Will County Circuit Court records showed.
Olson, 38, of Morris, is awaiting trial in Will County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, stemming from an incident last summer, records indicated. Grivetti, 36, of Custer Park, faces trial in four additional alleged cases of shoplifting in Braidwood, Joliet and Lombard, according to records.
Naperville police arrested the trio about 4:44 p.m. Saturday, after they allegedly stole merchandise from the recently-opened Walmart Supercenter at 2552 W. 75th St., in the far west-central part of the city.
Police were called by a loss-prevention employee who reported seeing Grivetti, Lleshi and Olson take merchandise from the store without paying for it, police Sgt. Bill Davis said. They were seen getting inside a red Toyota Corolla and then driving out of the parking lot, Davis said Wednesday in an email.
Davis said police quickly curbed the Corolla at 75th Street and Beebe Drive, near one of the store’s access roads. Grivetti was driving at the time.
A search of the vehicle yielded a Dual digital video disc player, a set of Monster N-Pulse headphones and a bottle of Usher cologne, Davis said. The allegedly stolen goods had a total retail value of $470, he said. Additionally, “a small amount of suspected heroin and several syringes were found in possession of each subject,” Davis said.
Lleshi was sentenced to three years in prison in connection with a January 2006 case of the manufacture or delivery of cocaine in Braidwood, court records showed. He had previously served jail terms for a September 1993 burglary in Peotone and an October 1998 felony case of marijuana possession in Wilmington, records indicated.
Olson on April 1 is scheduled to enter a plea in Will County Circuit Court to a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, according to records. Will County sheriff’s officers arrested him Aug. 23 for that alleged crime, records showed.
Grivetti is awaiting trial in alleged cases of shoplifting that occurred Dec. 10 and Jan. 15 in Joliet, Jan. 30 in Braidwood and March 13 in Lombard, records indicated.
Olson is being held on $75,000 bail, and is set to appear Monday in court in the Naperville matter. Lleshi and Grivetti are being held on bails of $40,000 each, and are to appear April 1 in court in the Naperville case.