Special Press Release
Submitted by Jerry Biggs
Director, Organized Retail Crime Division
On November 21, 2012, two subjects entered
the Walgreens in Lincolnshire. After
concealing over $800 worth of
over-the-counter cold medicine they entered
the back hallway of the store and pulled the
fire alarm. The subjects then left out the
front door of the store and fled the area.
During the subsequent investigation,
investigators with the Lincolnshire Police
Department learned of seventeen (17) similar
incidents at Walgreens and CVS stores across
Illinois and Wisconsin. In all other
incidents, the subjects concealed additional
over-the-counter medications and fled the
stores via the rear or side alarmed
emergency exits. The total amount of the
thefts exceeds $12,000.
In December, a task force was formed
compromised of investigators from the South
Barrington Police, Mundelein Police, Lake
County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Prospect
Police, Grayslake Police, Spring Grove
Police, Elgin Police, Elmhurst Police,
Racine (WI) Police, Kenosha (WI) Police, and
the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office.
Subsequently, investigators positively
identified Dave L. Windham and Drashawn J.
Griffin as the subjects committing the
Dave L. Windham, (M), age 23 of 2820
Elizabeth, Zion, Illinois
Drashawn J. Griffin, (M), age 21 of 511
Beechwood Drive, Round Lake, Illinois
On February 6, 2013, a Lake County Grand
Jury indicted Windham and Griffin on
multiple counts of Burglary (Class 2 Felony)
and Retail Theft via an Emergency Exit
(Class 2 Felony). Bond was set at $100,000
for both Windham and Griffin.
Griffin is in custody of the Lake County
Jail and was served with the warrant while
in the jail. Windham was arrested without
incident at his residence in Zion on the
evening of February 6th. Police also
executed a seizure warrant on Windham’s
vehicle, which was used to facilitate the
burglaries. Both Windham and Griffin are
scheduled to appear in court on February 7,
The Lincolnshire Police would like to thank
the aforementioned agencies, as well as the
Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office for
their assistance during this investigation.
Police are asking for anyone who recognizes
Windham or Griffin from similar incidents,
to please call Investigator Adam Hyde at
Tallahassee police arrest seven in connection
to Lowe's refund frauds.
Lesley Young would walk into the store select an item,
then go to guest service and refund it for a gift card.
Young’s identification quickly became invalid for
refunds without a receipt, so she recruited friends and
family to do the refunds. Now, those same friends and
family member are facing jail time for defrauding Lowes
out of $5000. On twelve occasions between November 2012
and January 2013, Young and another person would enter
the stores and continue the thefts with the other person
presenting identification each time.
rounds of ammo stolen from Academy Sports in Texas;
police found at pawn shop.
The thefts began in mid December, now police have five
suspects in the case. Three of the suspects are or were
employed by Academy Sports. The ammunition was valued at
over $3400. The case will be presented to the grand jury
with a possible charge of Organized Retail Theft.
Four suspects charged with stealing Reward points for
discount gasoline at Weis Markets in Lehigh Valley.
Pennsylvania State Police stated that the four suspects
used other customer's reward points to obtain gasoline
for free or at a discount. The four each face charges of
unlawful use of a computer, access device fraud and
retail theft. (Source
Identity theft ring busted in
Framingham. Mass., hitting Best Buy Stores
Two Lowell residents are facing identity fraud charges
after police say they admitted to being part of an
identity theft ring. Busted at Best Buy using stole
credit cards, police found multiple credit cards,
licenses, and ID's on both suspects.
ORC? Two men hit Kohl's store in Gastonia, N.C. stuffing
shopping bags with $5k in clothes
Gastonia police said two men walked into the Kohl's
store on East Franklin Boulevard in late January,
grabbed shopping bags, stuffed the bags with more than
$5,000 worth of clothes and walked out. Police ask that
anyone with information about the incident call Crime
Stoppers at (704) 861-8000. (Source
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