NORTHBROOK, IL — A custodian at Grove Elementary School
was charged with misdemeanor theft and obstructing a police officer after being accused of drinking on the job, stealing janitorial supplies and falsely identifying himself, according to the Northbrook Star
Ernestino Valdez, a contracted custodian for GCA Services Group
, was reported to Facilities Director Doug Heurich after complaints that his breath smelled of alcohol, the story stated.
After checking Valdez''s car, Heurich found several empty cans of beer and a roll of the school''s brand of toilet paper; a search of the car by police turned up more toilet paper, toilet brushes and a quart of stolen cleaning fluid, the story noted.
District Business Director Kimberly Arakelian said: "All of it wasn''t worth $20. At no time was there a safety concern for students or staff."
Valdez, who was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 17, has been reassigned, the story added.