Apparently folks were trying to get out of the stores with a few extra items just before Christmas. Here's a roundup of retail theft reports from the Batavia police blotter.
Tools Hidden in Carpet
An offender was observed hiding tools in a carpet in an attempt to remove them from the store without paying for them, reports said. Three pliers valued at $83.91 were wrapped in the carpet roll. Tony Ford, 55, of Aurora was taken into custody and charged with retail theft. He posted $150 bond and was released with a court date of Jan. 14.
Couple Hides $81 Breakers in Fuse Box
Batavia police arrested Jesus Alcantar-Martinez, 50, of Elburn and Lourdes Sanchez-Navarro, 48, of Elburn on charges of retail theft from Menards, 300 N. Randall Road, according to a report at 12:58 p.m. Dec. 17. According to reports, the couple removed a fuse box from its container and hid five breakers in the bottom of the box and placed the box over the breakers. They paid for the fuse box, but not the breakers, which were valued at $80.96. Each subject posted $150 cash bond and were released.
Menard's Targeted, But No Charges
A retail theft was reported at Menard’s, 300 N. Randall Road, according to a report filed at 5:05 p.m. One subject was involved, but no charges were pursued, reports said.
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