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Man jailed in four theft, fraud cases

<p>Andrew A. Ortega, 33, of Downers Grove, remains in DuPage County Jail, after he allegedly stole a vacuum cleaner from a department store in Naperville and then fought with the security workers and police officers who chased him. | Courtesy of DuPage County Sheriff's office</p>

Andrew A. Ortega, 33, of Downers Grove, remains in DuPage County Jail, after he allegedly stole a vacuum cleaner from a department store in Naperville and then fought with the security workers and police officers who chased him. | Courtesy of DuPage County Sheriff's office

A man who has been arrested four times in just over six weeks on fraud- and theft-related charges remains in DuPage County Jail, after he allegedly shoplifted a vacuum cleaner from a department store in Naperville and then fought with the store employees and police who pursued him.

Andrew A. Ortega, 33, of Downers Grove, remained jailed Thursday on a combined bail of $182,500. He faces trial in a total of four cases involving theft, identity theft, retail theft, battery and resisting police, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court.

Ortega’s most recent run-in with the law occurred about 7:55 p.m. Nov. 27, written Naperville police records showed. That was when he allegedly stole a Dyson brand vacuum cleaner with a retail price of $449.99 from the SuperTarget store at 1951 W. Jefferson Ave. on Naperville’s far west side.

A police narrative stated when confronted with the allegedly stolen appliance, Ortega “battered a female security officer and took off running” from the store.

When sighted by police arriving at the scene, Ortega allegedly “continued to run and, once caught, he refused to cooperate and place his hands behind his back, struggling with the officers,” the narrative continued.

Ortega is to stand trial on two counts of resisting or obstructing a police officer and single charges of retail theft and battery. The retail theft count is a felony.

An examination of court records revealed that, in addition to the alleged shoplifting, Ortega has been arrested and charged in separate cases of misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor possession of another man’s identification card and felony identity theft.

Naperville police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso confirmed Ortega was arrested in mid-October, after he allegedly took a power tool from the back of a pickup truck.

“Upon further investigation, Ortega was identified as the offender and charged with misdemeanor theft,” Cammiso wrote in an e-mail.

While free on bond in that matter, Ortega was arrested on or about Oct. 22 by DuPage County sheriff’s officers, for possessing another man’s ID card. Details of that allegation could not be immediately learned.

Ortega was arrested for the third time Nov. 5, after he allegedly stole a credit card from a business in Naperville. Cammiso said detectives “identified (Ortega) as using the credit card at six different businesses in the area.”

Court records showed Ortega is to appear Monday in court on the two misdemeanor charges, Tuesday in the shoplifting matter and later in the month in the identity theft case.

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