Burr Ridge charges man with theft
Updated: July 15, 2012 6:19AM
Burr Ridge police have charged a Lombard man with theft, alleging he stole tungsten carbide from a Burr Ridge company.
Police announced the felony theft charge against Julio Almaguer, 34, of 500 East St. Charles Road, Lombard, on Thursday. Police said they arrested Almaguer at 10:30 a.m. May 31.
Almaguer was taken to DuPage County Jail to await bond hearing. He is scheduled to appear in court June 25 at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton.
Police said officials at Bronson and Bratton, 220 Shore Drive, reportedly discovered a shortage in tungsten carbide rings used in specialized tooling machines. Police said officials suspected Almaguer, an employee of the company.
During their investigation, police said officers found the missing materials in Almaguer’s work locker and vehicle.
Almaguer allegedly took two tungsten carbide “nibs” without company permission for personal use. Each nib had a retail value of about $1,300.
“Tungsten carbide is often sold to scrap yards, where it can fetch between $5 and $9 dollars per pound,” according to a department press release. Each ring weighs in at between 20 and 60 pounds.