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Wife, like husband, guilty of shoplifting in Naperville

The female half of a husband and wife shoplifting team has been convicted of stealing merchandise early last summer from a home improvement center in Naperville.

Donna K. Oliver, 54, of Aurora, pleaded guilty to a charge of retail theft in the Wheaton Field Court, on the campus of DuPage County Circuit Court.

Oliver admitted she tried to steal a hose the afternoon of June 29 from the Menards store at 715 Fort Hill Drive on Naperville’s far west side. Her husband, Gale W. Oliver, 60, pleaded guilty earlier this year in the case.

Judge Jane H. Mitton on Tuesday accepted Donna Oliver’s plea and placed her on six months of supervision, according to court records. Mitton’s colleague, Judge Mary E. O’Connor, had done likewise on Sept. 12 in Gale Oliver’s case, records indicated.

Naperville police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso in July said store security workers caught Donna Oliver walking out the door with a pressure water hose priced at $31.74. She apparently drew the workers’ attention by trying to leave via the store’s “In” door.

Gale Oliver initially was not believed to have been involved in his wife’s wrongdoing, but upon her release from custody, loss-prevention agents “checked the (surveillance) cameras, and saw him steal a large roll of vinyl flooring,” Cammiso said. Gale Oliver was called by police, returned to the store with the flooring and, like his wife, was cited for retail theft, Cammiso said.

Court records showed Donna Oliver was arrested in September 2012 by Aurora police on a misdemeanor count of retail theft. She pleaded guilty to that charge in February, and was ordered to perform 30 hours of community service work and placed on a year of court supervision, according to records.

Gale Oliver had no prior criminal record in DuPage, Kane and Will counties.

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