Once not good enough

By on June 5, 2009

Aurora man arrested when he came back for more
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—An Aurora man who got away with more than $300 worth of liquor from the Sugar Grove Jewel was arrested when he returned the following day for more.

Jewel employees saw Carlitos C. Figueroa, 50, of the 800 block of May Street, Aurora taking the liquor from the store at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19. The employees recognized Figueroa when he returned to the store on Wednesday, May 20, to take more liquor valued at $147.

The employees called 911 and a Sugar Grove police officer arrived before Figueroa reached his car. He attempted to run away and resisted arrest when the officer caught up with him, resulting in a physical altercation with the officer.

Figueroa was charged with felony retail theft and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. He was transported to the Kane County jail, where his bail was set at $50,000.

This is the third incident at the Sugar Grove Jewel on Route 47 and Galena Boulevard in which individuals were caught stealing liquor, resulting in felony charges. Sugar Grove investigator John Sizer said he has had discussions with Jewel management about how they might minimize the possibility for future theft of liquor.

“They’re aware of the problem and will be trying to work with corporate (headquarters of Jewel) to change the layout of the liquor department or to increase security in the store,” Sizer said.