A woman who stole a puppy nearly two years ago from a Naperville pet store could be in violation of the terms of her probation in that case, now that she and a friend have been accused of selling phony cocaine to an undercover police officer.
Brandie M. Walker, 23, of Aurora, and Cameron R. Good, also 23, of Plainfield, are free on bond, after being charged by Naperville police with misdemeanor counts of the manufacture and distribution of a lookalike substance.
Walker was sentenced last year to 30 days in DuPage County Jail, after being convicted of the Nov. 2, 2012 theft of a French bulldog puppy from the Petland store at 720 S. Route 59. The shop is on Naperville’s far west side and opposite the Westfield Fox Valley shopping center in Aurora.
She and Good were taken into custody Sunday at the Homestead Studio Suites Hotel, at 1827 Centre Point Circle on Naperville’s far northeast side.
Naperville police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said Good and Walker were arrested on warrants, after a hotel employee asked police to evict an “unwanted subject” from the premises.
The warrants had been issued after Walker and Good were accused of “selling fake cocaine, a lookalike substance, to an undercover officer earlier in the year,” Cammiso said via email. The officer is a member of the department’s Special Operations Group, which conducts narcotics investigations.
Cammiso said when police went to the hotel, “they noted the warrants,” and also allegedly found Good in possession of martial arts “throwing stars.” That earned him an additional, misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of a weapon, Cammiso said.
An examination of records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton indicated Good currently faces trial on a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, stemming from an arrest in April in Warrenville.
Court records also showed prosecutors from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office on July 10 filed a petition to revoke the terms of the probation Walker received after being found guilty in the Petland case. She is scheduled to appear in court in October in that matter, according to records.
Walker last year was sentenced to jail, placed on two years of probation and ordered to undergo counseling, after being convicted of a felony charge of retail theft. She admitted to stealing a puppy valued at $2,800 from the Petland shop.
Police in 2012 said Walker entered the store and asked if she might cuddle and play with the puppy, named Fiona. She eventually hid the dog inside the hoodie she was wearing and left the shop.
A break in the case came quickly, after store owners Adam Stachowiak and Mike Isaac posted surveillance videotape images on their website. Cammiso confirmed a caller to police said, ‘Hey, I know this girl,’” and provided them Walker’s name.
Stachowiak said Walker less than a day later “entered the store with her mom and the puppy, and handed it over to staff.” Walker’s mother asked to speak to Stachowiak about the possibility of not pressing charges against her daughter, a request Stachowiak denied.
Walker also received a jail sentence for an October 2012 misdemeanor theft she committed at a business on the 1300 block of Aurora Avenue in Naperville.
Arraignment dates were pending Tuesday for Good and Walker in the narcotics case.Tags: Petland theft