SYCAMORE – Six months after law enforcement served warrants at a DeKalb home, two people face a flurry of theft charges after police said they found more than $3,000 in stolen goods in the house.
Oscar B. Nunez, 31, and Katherine C. Odegard, 34, both of the 2400 block of Alpha Court East in DeKalb, have been charged with six counts of theft, all punishable by two to five years in prison with a conviction.
On March 9, DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies, along with the U.S. Postal Service, served a warrant at a house in the 2400 block of Meadow Creek Drive in DeKalb, where they found packages of marijuana had been sent. Odegard and Arielle Topps, 25, then of Aurora, were arrested. Odegard was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
“We followed right behind them with a search warrant for charges that, at the time, we were calling identity theft,” Sycamore police Sgt. Jeff Wig said Wednesday.
They found many items that an investigation showed to be stolen. The big-ticket items were a pressure washer, three leaf blowers, a Samsung dryer and dishwasher, a Generac generator and a Kobalt air compressor.
Wig said Nunez and Odegard used compromised credit cards from six people in six states to buy the items between August 2017 and February 2018.
“This is a nationwide situation,” Wig said, adding that Nunez also is wanted on a warrant for conspiracy to commit a robbery in Clark County, Nevada, home of Las Vegas. The warrant does not, however, have jurisdiction in Illinois.
Nunez was arrested at his house Aug. 31, and Odegard turned herself in at the sheriff’s office Sept. 2, Wig said. They’re both free on bail; Odegard said Nunez's friends and family came up with the $5,000 to free him, while her father, William Odegard, posted $3,000 for her. As a condition of his bond, Nunez was placed on electronic home monitoring.
Odegard is due back in court at 9 a.m. Oct. 17, and Nunez is due back at 9 a.m. Oct. 26.