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Ex-con headed back to prison for Naperville theft

Patrick F. Karney, 30, of Wheaton, has been sentenced to four years in prison for possessing a carload of stolen pharmaceuticals last winter in Naperville. | Courtesy of DuPage County Sheriff's Office
Patrick F. Karney, 30, of Wheaton, has been sentenced to four years in prison for possessing a carload of stolen pharmaceuticals last winter in Naperville. | Courtesy of DuPage County Sheriff's Office

An ex-convict who is awaiting trial on intoxicated-driving charges has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing more than $4,000 worth of over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.

Patrick F. Karney remained Saturday in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, pending transfer into the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court indicated Karney since 1999 has been arrested or ticketed more than 50 times. At least two of those cases involved shoplifting, records showed.

Karney, 30, of Wheaton, was found guilty Thursday of a felony charge of theft of stolen property valued at $500 but less than $10,000, according to records. The crime was discovered Christmas Eve by Naperville police patrolling the city’s west side.

Judge George J. Bakalis convicted Karney in the case and imposed the prison term, records indicated.

Karney was arrested about 8:30 a.m. Dec. 24 near Jefferson Avenue and Whispering Hills Drive in Naperville’s Will-O-Way neighborhood.

Police Sgt. Lou Cammiso said officers charged him with stealing an estimated $800 worth of over-the-counter drugs from an area grocery store he would not identify by name.

“A larger amount of additional, over-the-counter medications ... were located in (Karney’s) vehicle,” Cammiso said. Those pharmaceuticals had a total estimated value of $4,000, he said.

Karney was free on bond in that case when he was arrested about 3:21 a.m. May 27 for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs.

Cammiso said a police officer on routine patrol that morning noted a white, four-door 2003 Pontiac Grand Am parked in a lot of a strip mall near 75th Street and Naper Boulevard. Karney was found “passed out behind the wheel with the car running,” which led to the DUI charge, Cammiso said last spring.

IDOC records showed Karney in 2010 was sentenced to three years in prison, following a felony retail theft conviction in Cook County. He was paroled in February 2012, according to records.

Additionally, he has done at least three stints in DuPage County Jail since September 2004. That was when he was sentenced to seven days in jail, after being found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of retail theft in Lombard, records indicated.

Karney was sentenced in October 2006 to six months in jail for two felony retail thefts in Elmhurst, records showed. He was also sentenced in May 2012 to 364 days in jail, after being found guilty of felony possession of a controlled substance in Glen Ellyn, according to records.

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