UPS driver accused of diverting Louis Vuitton shipments to his own home gets probation

CHICAGO — A UPS driver accused of diverting $187,000 worth of Louis Vuitton shipments to his Chicago home may have the case wiped from his record if he completes a 24-month probation program, court records show.

In April 2022, prosecutors accused Pedro Caudillo, 27, of loading boxes of the designer’s goods onto his truck at the UPS South Loop warehouse even though they were slated to be delivered by a different truck. He then delivered the items to his home, officials said.

Now, Caudillo has struck a deal. He pleaded guilty to theft of $100,000 to $500,000 and received a sentence of 24 months of “second chance probation” from Judge Lawrence Flood. If he sticks with the program, pays $25,000 in restitution, and performs community service, the charge will be dismissed.

UPS called in the Chicago Police Department’s organized retail crime task force to tackle the investigation last year. The company reported several Louis Vuitton boxes went missing at their facility on the 1400 block of South Jefferson.

During the probe, 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 supposedly worth $35,000.

Pedro Caudillo and some of the Louis Vuitton merchandise that he was accused of stealing. | CPD

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 initial allegations.

Prosecutors last year 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 has no criminal background, can seek expungement of the case if he completes probation successfully.

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