Cops probe Naperville area Walgreens store thefts

Police have appealed to the public for help in finding those responsible for the thefts of nearly $4,000 worth of plastic containers from the grounds of three Walgreens stores in Naperville.

Naperville Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the thief or thieves, according to a Crime Stoppers release.

Written Naperville police records indicated the first theft occurred sometime between 10 p.m. April 14 and 7 a.m. April 16. That was when an unspecified number of plastic, shipping totes embossed with the company logo were stolen from a fenced-in area behind the Walgreens at 612 Raymond Drive on Naperville’s northeast side, police records showed.

The second theft occurred sometime before 11:04 a.m. May 2, according to records. In that incident, 100 totes were stolen from outside the Walgreens at 63 W. 87th St. on the city’s far south side.

Records indicated the third occurred between 7 p.m. May 2 and 3:46 p.m. May 3, when 180 were discovered missing from outside the Walgreens at 1303 Wehril Road, in the far east-central part of town.

The Crime Stoppers release stated an approximate total of 450 totes were stolen. The containers are valued at $8 apiece, making the total haul worth $3,600.

“Since that time, suspects have targeted Walgreens locations in other towns as well,” the release continued. “It is believed the totes may be sold for use or resale on the secondary market” at, for example, flea markets, according to the release.

In addition to bearing the Walgreens logo, the totes are white and gray in color and measure 2 feet cubed, the release indicated.

Witnesses to any of the thefts, or those who believe they have information about any of the cases, were asked to contact police Detective John Reed, at 630-305-5920, or via email at reedj@naperville.il.us.

Information can also be reported to the Crime Stoppers Hotline, at 630-420-6006. Callers can remain anonymous.

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