Alicia Johnson-Medrano, 22, was charged with the theft which took place on November 21, just before 7:30 p.m. at the Petland at 720 S. Route 59. Police say Johnson-Medrano left the store with a female Yorkshire Terrier puppy, valued at $9,900.
The Naperville Police Department says Johnson-Medrano hid the puppy inside her jacket before exiting the store. Responding officers located Johnson-Medrano outside of the store, where she was arrested.
The puppy was not harmed during the incident and has been returned to the Petland location.
Johnson-Medrano was charged with one count each of theft and retail theft, both Class 3 felonies. Johnson-Medrano was transported to the the DuPage County Jail.
Naperville Police remind the public that a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty
Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving City consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The City is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The City’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.
Naperville News 17’s Ryan Skryd reports.
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