A UPS driver allegedly stole shipments of Louis Vuitton shipments worth $187,000 by delivering the company’s packages to his house instead of their intended destinations.
Prosecutors said Pedro Caudillo, 26, loaded boxes of luxury designer’s shipments onto his truck at the UPS warehouse in the South Loop that were not destined for delivery on his route. Then, he allegedly delivered the merchandise to his own home.
UPS called in the Chicago Police Department’s organized retail crime task force to tackle the investigation this month. The company reported several Louis Vuitton boxes went missing since mid-April at their facility on the 1400 block of South Jefferson.
On Wednesday, a witness allegedly saw Caudillo load three Louis Vuitton boxes onto his truck that were supposed to go on other routes, prosecutors said. Those shipments alone were worth $35,000.
Police arrested him when he returned to the warehouse after delivering the goods to his home, prosecutors said. After his arrest, police searched his home and found the three boxes he delivered earlier in the day along with Louis Vuitton merchandise worth $100,000, according to the allegations.
Prosecutors said he admitted to delivering between 10 and 15 boxes of the designer’s products to his home, intending to sell them on social media.
Caudillo, who is married, has no criminal background. He’s charged with one felony count of theft of between $100,000 and $500,000.
Judge Barbara Dawkins said he could go home on electronic monitoring by posting 10% of his $15,000 bail.