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Man denies theft, fraud crimes against Walgreens

Richard Pickard 46 Bartlett charged with theft. | Special Sun-Times Medi ORG XMIT: CST1303061313484395

Richard Pickard, 46, of Bartlett charged with theft. | Special to Sun-Times Media ORG XMIT: CST1303061313484395

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Updated: May 5, 2013 1:52PM

A Bartlett man denied stealing computer equipment and tampering with Walgreens Corporation phones at his arraignment Wednesday, April 3.

Richard Pickard, 46, denied theft, computer fraud and aggravated computer tampering charges before Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti.

He is accused of taking computer and network components from Walgreens between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14. He is also accused of taking wireless access controllers on Jan. 8, and of obtaining control of Walgreens Corp. phone-switch system on Feb. 7, according to court documents.

This disrupted phone operations at 75 Walgreens stores in the Chicago area, Lincolnshire Police Det. John-Erik Anderson said.

The Walgreens investigative team discovered missing computer equipment and pinpointed Pickard as the only one with access, Anderson said. Police found stolen computer hardware when they searched his residence, Anderson said. Pickard was arrested Feb. 14.

Police froze all of Pickard’s bank accounts and took more than $2,000 cash, two laptops and an iPhone after he was arrested. Four of his accounts were unfrozen, according to an agreed order signed by Rossetti, Salvi and prosecutor Mary Stanton on March 22. His iPhone and computers were returned, according to a March 21 order.

If convicted, Pickard faces four to 15 years in prison for one of the theft charges, two to five years in prison for another theft charge and three to seven years in prison for the computer fraud and aggravated computer tampering charges, Rossetti said.

Pickard is due back in court May 14. His trial was scheduled for June 24.

He is free from custody after posting $10,000 bond.

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