IL: Pair Accused Of Stealing Thousands Of Pills From Walgreens Pharmacy

Police say Kionna Kemp, 23, and Devan Flax, 19, both of Chicago, led officers on a high-speed chase following Wednesday’s incident.

Two Chicago residents are accused of stealing close to 8,000 pills from the Walgreens pharmacy in Lombard and then leading police officers on a high-speed chase.

Kionna Kemp, 23, and Devan Flax, 19, both of Chicago, were charged in connection with the incident. Kemp was charged with two counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding and Flax was charged with one count of burglary.

Police say Kemp and Flax came into the Walgreens at 309 St. Charles Rd. around 1:11 p.m. and that Flax hopped the pharmacy counter and broke into a cabinet that contained “pharmaceuticals.” According to prosecutors, Flax took nearly 8,000 pills, including codeine, hydrocodone, Xanax and acetaminophen.

Kemp and Flax are accused in fleeing in a green Jeep Kemp was driving. Police say Kemp did not stop when officers tried to pull the Jeep over. Kemp is further accused of reaching speeds of up to 95 mph and running several stop signs and signals.

According to police, they followed Kemp on Route 53 to I-290 and that Oak Brook police used spike strips to disable the Jeep.

“This most recent case of fleeing from the police is extremely disturbing as it occurred in the middle of the afternoon along residential streets and major thoroughfares through the county,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a news release.

Berlin added, “To make matters worse, it is alleged that the passenger in the fleeing vehicle had just stolen thousands of prescription narcotics from a local pharmacy. Thankfully, no innocent motorists or pedestrians were injured or killed. Once again, I remind the motoring public, if you hear sirens and see flashing lights behind you, pull over, as not doing so will only makes matters worse.”

Kemp is being held on $25,000 bond and is set to appear in court on Aug. 15. Flax is being held on $100,000 bond and is set to appear in court on Aug. 16.

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