Man gets prison in Naperville shoplifting cases

Andrew A. Ortega
Andrew A. Ortega

A man from Downers Grove who was arrested four times in little more than six weeks on shoplifting and fraud charges has been sentenced to two years in prison for committing two of those crimes.

Andrew A. Ortega, 34, was transferred Thursday from DuPage County Jail in Wheaton to the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, to begin serving that sentence.

Ortega pleaded guilty to two felony charges of retail theft, stemming from incidents in November and April in Naperville, according to DuPage County Circuit Court records.

Judge Daniel P. Guerin on Tuesday accepted the pleas and imposed the prison term, records showed. Guerin gave Ortega 237 days of credit toward his sentence for the time he spent in jail following his arrests, records indicated.

Naperville police arrested Ortega just before 8 p.m. Nov. 27, after he stole a Dyson brand vacuum cleaner from the SuperTarget store at 1951 W. Jefferson Ave., on the city’s far west side.

A written police report stated Ortega, when confronted, “battered a female security officer and took off running” from the store.

After police arrived at the scene, Ortega “continued to run and, once caught, he refused to cooperate and place his hands behind his back, struggling with the officers,” the report declared.

Ortega eventually was subdued and secured in handcuffs. The vacuum cleaner had a retail value of $449.99.

Records showed Ortega, while free on bond, committed another theft in mid-April in Naperville. Details of that crime could not be immediately learned.

In addition to the shopliftings, Ortega was arrested and charged in separate, misdemeanor cases of theft in Naperville and possession of another man’s identification card in unincorporated DuPage County. The theft occurred last October, when he stole a power tool from the back of a pickup truck.

Ortega was also arrested on Nov. 5, after stealing a credit card from a Naperville business. A police spokesman said the card was later used at a total of six area businesses.

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