Bartlett man pleads guilty in Walgreen theft case

Updated 12/20/2013 12:05 PM
  • Richard Pickard

    Richard Pickard

A Bartlett man accused of stealing thousands of dollars in computer equipment from Walgreen Co. has pleaded guilty to felony criminal damage to property.

Richard Pickard, 47, of the 500 block of Versailles Lane, was sentenced to 24 months of probation and 125 hours of community service after pleading guilty to one count of criminal damage to property resulting in more than $10,000.

He must pay $51,266 in restitution to Walgreens, Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Mary Stanton said. Pickard is prohibited from consuming alcohol or illegal drugs, and having contact with Walgreens, she added.

Pickard could have been sentenced up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of theft over $100,000, fraud, computer tampering and criminal damage to property when his case went to trial Jan. 6.

He agreed to the plea deal in front of Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti on Dec. 12, Stanton said.

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

Pickard, who worked as a subcontractor and was not an actual employee of Walgreens, is alleged to have taken computer parts and items including 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 during the investigation. Several computer and electronic items, and a large amount of cash, were confiscated during the search, officials have said.

Stanton said the cash seized from Pickard will go to help cover some of the restitution cost to Walgreens. The rest will be paid for while on probation, she said.

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