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updated: 10/22/2013 8:01 PM

Trial delayed for Bartlett man accused in theft of computer equipment from Walgreen Co.

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The trial for a Bartlett man accused of stealing more than $100,000 in computer equipment from Walgreen Co. has been pushed back to next year.

Richard Pickard, 47, of the 500 block of Versailles Lane, will go to trial Jan. 6 on multiple counts of theft over $100,000, Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Mary Stanton said.

Judge Victoria Rossetti granted the delay after she scheduled Nov. 25 as the date to rule on a motion to suppress evidence filed by defense attorney Michael Salvi.

Pickard is charged with counts of theft over $100,000, theft over $10,000, theft over $500, aggravated computer tampering and computer fraud. If found guilty of the most serious charge, he could be sentenced up to 15 years in prison.

Pickard was arrested Feb. 14 after police said he stole and sold off various computer components from Walgreen Co.'s corporate information technology office at 2 Overlook Point in Lincolnshire. Pickard worked there as a subcontractor.

Stolen items included a system that operated phones at 75 Chicago-area Walgreens locations, authorities said.

Police said Pickard admitted to the theft and allowed investigators to search his home. Several computer and electronic items, and a large amount of cash, were confiscated, officials have said.

Pickard remains free on bond.

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