SUGAR GROVE – A 33-year-old man is in custody on charges he stole nearly $40,000 from his Sugar Grove employer, according to court documents and a police report.
Esteban D. Cortes-Vega, of the 800 block of North Randall Road, Aurora, was charged last month with theft of an amount between $10,000 and $100,000, a Class 2 felony, according to Kane County court documents dated May 15.
The documents allege that Cortes-Vega stole checks valued at $38,200 from Cylinder Services Inc.
According to a Sugar Grove Police Department report, Cortes-Vega began working for Cylinder Services, 629 Heartland Drive, in December 2013 as a laborer and rebuilder. The business told police last month that its account had been overdrawn when it should have had sufficient funds.
Bank statements and other documentation from January to April were reviewed, police said. Checks reportedly had been made out to Cortes-Vega in amounts from $600 to $2,500.
Police reported Cortes-Vega was not a signer on his employer's account and did not have access to company checks.
Cortes-Vega was described as "a good employee, except for the theft," police reported.
Court documents indicate Cortes-Vega's bond was set at $40,000 with 10 percent to apply for bail.
The Kane County Sheriff's Office listed him in custody Tuesday. He is expected in court June 11.