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4 charged in widespread retail theft in Wilmette

4 charged in widespread retail theft in Wilmette

Four suspects were arrested in Wilmette regarding an investigation of a scheme involving heroin addicts being directed to steal goods from suburban and Chicago pharmacies. The heroin addicts, who needed money, would be told to steal certain items, such as Prilosec and baldness treatments, for resale. Investigators linked this to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The SNAP fraud would involve someone coming in and using a Link card, which is supposed to be used only to buy food items, to get cash. Jamel Zayyad, 33, Theresa Pratt ,56, and Grafty Lockett, 59, were charged with wire fraud. Ahmed Zayyad, Jamel’s father, was charged with possession on a firearm. Zayyed is believed to be the organizer of this scheme. The addicts involved are being directed to drug treatment programs in lieu of charges.