Two brothers from Naperville with felony criminal records have been arrested and charged with stealing an estimated $1,000 worth of alcoholic beverages and other merchandise from a supermarket.
Kevin J. Tucek, 30, and Russell F. Tucek, 28, live on the 2300 block of Weatherford Lane, in the Old Farm neighborhood on Naperville’s far south side. They face trial on felony charges of retail theft, according to Will County Jail records.
Naperville police Sgt. Lou Cammiso confirmed the Tuceks were arrested about 4:30 p.m. Saturday at a supermarket on the 3100 block of South Route 59. Cammiso would not identify the business, but an online telephone directory indicated a Dominick’s Finer Foods store is located there.
The brothers allegedly entered the store “and began loading up their shopping cart with liquor,” Cammiso said via e-mail. Security workers “observed this and notified police,” he said.
“Police were in the parking lot when Russell (Tucek) exited the store with the shopping cart” and placed him under arrest, Cammiso said. “A struggle ensued as he resisted,” although no one was injured, he said.
“A moment later, Kevin (Tucek) exited the store empty-handed, and was taken into custody” without incident, Cammiso said.
The brothers allegedly stole $950 worth of alcohol and $50 in groceries, he said.
Russell Tucek on Oct. 3 was sentenced to two years in prison, after being convicted of a charge of possession of a controlled substance. He survived after ingesting at least two packets of heroin on Dec. 14, 2011, in an attempt to hide the narcotic from police.
He and two other men were arrested in the crime, which occurred near Market Avenue and Naper Boulevard in the Market Meadows/Fox Run Square shopping area of Naperville. One of the other men died in July 2012 at age 20, after overdosing on heroin in his family’s home in the Springbrook Crossing area of Naperville.
Russell Tucek also was sentenced to prison after being found guilty of a December 2005 forgery in Naperville. He had been arrested at least 16 times between 2002 and 2005 on a variety of charges, and spent time in jail following convictions for criminal damage to property, shoplifting and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Kevin Tucek in December 2006 pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, according to Will County Circuit Court records. A judge 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 showed.
He also has been convicted of two misdemeanor charges of property damage and one count of battery in three crimes that occurred between 2000 and 2005 in Naperville, records indicated. He was placed on supervision in each case.
The Tuceks are scheduled to appear Sept. 9 in court.