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Pair charged with theft of $12K in cold medicines

Dave Windham / phofrom Lincolnshire Police Dept.

Dave Windham / photo from Lincolnshire Police Dept.

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Updated: March 10, 2013 6:44AM

LINCOLNSHIRE — Two area men are in custody in the Lake County Jail for allegedly steading more than $12,000 worth of over-the-counter medications from more than a dozen drug stores.

Dave Windham, 23, of 2820 Elizabeth Ave., Zion, and Drashawn Griffin, 21, of 511 Beechwood Drive, Round Lake, allegedly robbed the Walgreens in Lincolnshire in November of more than $800 in over-the-counter cold medications.

Following that theft, Lincolnshire police learned of 17 similar incidents through the summer and fall 2012 at Walgreens and CVS stores across northern Illinois and Wisconsin. Authorities formed a task force in December among several Illinois and Wisconsin law enforcement agencies to investigate the multiple crimes and identified Windham and Griffin as the alleged robbers.

In the Lincolnshire robbery, two men entered the back hallway of the store and pulled the fire alarm, then left out the front door, police said. In the other burglaries, they also concealed over-the-counter medications and fled via the rear or side-alarmed emergency exits.

The total amount of the thefts exceeds $12,000, according to authorities. Lincolnshire Detective Adam Hyde said the two would then sell the medicine they stole.

In December, a task force was formed from several Illinois and Wisconsin police agencies, and investigators identified Dave L. Windham, 23, of Zion; and Drashawn J. Griffin, 21, of Round Lake, as suspects. Agencies involved with the task force included Lincolnshire, Mundelein, Grayslake, Spring Grove, Racine, Wis., and Kenosha, Wis. Also included was the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday, a Lake County grand jury indicted Windham and Griffin on multiple felony counts of burglary and retail theft via an emergency exit. Bond was set at $100,000 for each, and they remained in custody as of Friday morning, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Griffin was already in custody and was served the warrant while in the jail, police said. Windham was arrested without incident at his home in Zion on Wednesday night. Police also executed a seizure warrant on his vehicle, which was used in the crimes, police said.

The investigation is still active, and anyone who recognizes Windham or Griffin from similar incidents should call Hyde at (847) 883-9900.

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