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Naperville shoplifter headed back to prison

<p>Russell F. Tucek, 28, is being held in Will County Jail in Joliet, accused of stealing nearly $1,000 worth of alcoholic beverages from a supermarket in Naperville. | Submitted</p>

Russell F. Tucek, 28, is being held in Will County Jail in Joliet, accused of stealing nearly $1,000 worth of alcoholic beverages from a supermarket in Naperville. | Submitted

A man from Naperville who was arrested at least 16 times in three years and who was released from prison just last year has been sentenced to three more years in prison, after being convicted of stealing $1,000 worth of alcoholic beverages and other merchandise from a supermarket.

Russell F. Tucek, 28, remained Monday in Will County Jail in Joliet, pending his transfer into the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Tucek and his brother, Kevin J. Tucek, were arrested following the alleged Aug. 17 theft from the recently-shuttered Dominick’s Finer Foods store, at the southeast corner of 95th Street and Route 59 on Naperville’s far southwest side.

Records on file in Will County Circuit Court showed Russell Tucek pleaded guilty to a Class 3 felony charge of retail theft. Judge Carla J. Alessio-Policandriotes accepted the plea and on Dec. 20 sentenced him to prison, according to court records.

The Tucek brothers live on the 2300 block of Weatherford Lane in the Old Farm neighborhood. Kevin Tucek, 31, was scheduled to appear Wednesday in court, where he also faces trial on a felony charge of retail theft.

Naperville police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso in August said the Tuceks allegedly entered the store late that afternoon “and began loading up their shopping cart with liquor.” Store security workers were watching the brothers and called police, he said.

“Police were in the parking lot when Russell (Tucek) exited the store with the shopping cart,” Cammiso said. “A struggle ensued as he resisted” being arrested, but no one was injured, he said.

“A moment later, Kevin (Tucek) exited the store empty-handed, and was taken into custody,” Cammiso said. Police determined the shopping cart contained $950 worth of liquor and $50 in groceries, he said.

Russell Tucek in October 2012 was sentenced to two years in prison, after he was convicted of a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Naperville police on Dec. 14, 2011 arrested him and two other men near Market Avenue and Naper Boulevard, in the Market Meadows/Fox Run Square shopping area on the city’s east side..

Police at the time said Tucek ingested at least two packets of heroin, in an attempt to hide the contraband from them. One of his associates died in July 2012 from heroin abuse in his family’s home on Naperville’s far south side.

Russell Tucek also served prison time after being found guilty of forgery in December 2005 in Naperville. He was arrested at least 16 times between 2002 and 2005 on a number of charges, and spent time in jail for driving under the influence of alcohol, criminal damage to property and shoplifting.

Kevin Tucek in December 2006 was convicted of a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. The Will County judge who presided over that matter sentenced him to 56 days in jail, ordered him to perform 50 hours of community service work and placed him on two years of probation, court records indicated.

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