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Man held in $20K theft of alcohol

McHENRY – A Melrose Park man has been charged in two vehicle thefts, the McHenry Police Department said.

Thomas M. Gibbons, 45, was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and is being held in DuPage County. He was charged with possession of stolen property in that county.

The charges stem from two incidents Sunday in McHenry, according to a news release. A semi-tractor was taken from JA Logistics and a semi-trailer was stolen from Charles Herdrich & Son Inc. The trailer contained $20,000 worth of beer and alcohol products, authorities said.

The tractor and trailer later were found abandoned in a warehouse in west suburban Addison, authorities said. Before they were found, tracking software in the tractor led investigators to a another warehouse in Bensenville.

Gibbons was identified as a tenant in that warehouse and a search yielded beer and alcohol that had been removed from the stolen trailer, police said.

Members of the Greater Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force, Bensenville Police Department and DuPage County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation, which is ongoing.

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