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Bartlett man pleads not guilty in Walgreens computer theft

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A Bartlett man accused of stealing more than $100,000 in computer equipment from Walgreen Co. pleaded not guilty to theft in Lake County court Wednesday.

Richard Pickard, 46, of the 500 block of Versailles Lane, was charged with multiple counts each of theft over $100,000, theft over $10,000, theft over $500, and single counts of aggravated computer tampering and computer fraud.

If found guilty of the most serious charge, Pickard could be sentenced up to 15 years in prison.

Pickard and his attorneys refused to comment after his arraignment in front of Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti.

Police said Pickard stole, then sold off various computer components from the Walgreen Co.'s corporate information technology office at 2 Overlook Point in Lincolnshire while working there as a subcontractor. He was not a company employee.

He remains free from jail after posting the required 10 percent of his $100,000 bond.

Among the items that were taken was a system that operated phone systems at 75 Chicago-area Walgreen locations, authorities said.

Police officials said Pickard admitted to the theft and allowed investigators to search his home when he was arrested on Feb. 14. During the search, several computer and electronic items, and a large amount of cash, was confiscated, officials have said.

Pickard is due to go to trial on May 14, though that date is expected to be pushed back. His next court appearance is April 22.

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