If Michael J. Frederick was only trying to help a friend with his Christmas shopping, he earned a huge lump of coal for his trouble.
The 40-year-old Plainfield resident faces trial on a felony charge of retail theft/under-ringing in excess of $300. He allegedly used his position as a cashier to help a friend obtain more than $2,500 in illegally discounted merchandise from a home improvement center in Naperville, according to court and police records.
Frederick was arrested about 1:15 p.m. Dec. 16 at Home Depot, at 2920 Audrey Ave. on Naperville’s far west side. The store is opposite the Westfield Fox Valley shopping center in Aurora.
Naperville police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said Frederick’s supervisors and police determined the alleged scheme was carried out on several occasions between Nov. 24 and Dec. 7. Frederick had allegedly been “charging the prices of lower-quality goods for a friend or acquaintance ... while actually letting the other suspect leave the store with higher-end merchandise,” Cammiso wrote in an e-mail.
The total value of the more-expensive goods exceeded $2,500, Cammiso said. Frederick, when confronted over his actions, “would not name” the man to whom he allegedly sold the discounted merchandise, Cammiso said.
It could not be learned whether Frederick was fired from his job following the alleged theft.
An examination of court documents indicated Frederick has no criminal record in DuPage, Kane and Will counties. He is free on bond and scheduled to appear Jan. 13 in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.