For at least the fourth time in four weeks, thieves have stolen heavy-duty, plastic shipping containers from the grounds of a Walgreens store in Naperville.
The most recent incident occurred sometime between 10:30 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday, according to written Naperville police reports. The thief or thieves this time targeted the Walgreens store at 713 E. Ogden Ave. on the city’s northeast side.
Thirty of the containers, or totes, were taken from a fenced-in and locked, exterior storage area adjacent to the store, police records indicated. A padlock was severed in order to gain access to that area, records showed.
The most recent theft raises to 480 the number of totes that have been stolen from local Walgreens stores. With a value of $8 each, the total loss is estimated at $3,840.
Police records stated the first theft occurred between 10 p.m. April 14 and 7 a.m. April 16, when an unspecified number of the containers were taken from a fenced-in area behind the Walgreens at 612 Raymond Drive. That store is about 2 1/2 miles west of the Walgreens on Ogden Avenue.
The second theft occurred sometime before 11:04 a.m. May 2, when 100 totes were stolen from outside the Walgreens at 63 W. 87th St., on the city’s far south side.
Records showed the third theft occurred between 7 p.m. May 2 and 3:46 p.m. May 3. That was when 180 of the containers were discovered missing from outside the Walgreens at 1303 Wehril Road, in the far east-central part of town.
A Naperville Crime Stoppers release issued last week said the thieves “have targeted Walgreens locations in other towns as well.” Police believe the totes are likely being “sold for use or resale on the secondary market,” at flea markets or on resale websites.
The totes are gray and white in color, measure 2 feet cubed and are embossed with the Walgreens logo.
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrests and convictions of those responsible for the Naperville crimes.
Witnesses to any of the thefts, or those who believe they have information about any of the cases, were asked to contact Naperville police Detective John Reed, at 630-305-5920, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information can also be reported on the Crime Stoppers Hotline, at 630-420-6006. Callers can remain anonymous.