UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A Rockford man will face a few years in prison for stealing hundreds of pounds of wire and tools in the Stateline.
A judge sentenced 27-year-old Andrew Garkey to three years in prison for burglary tied to thefts in Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle Counties. Back in 2013, Garkey stole electrical wire and tools from area quarries as well as some farms.
STATELINE (WIFR) -- Two men have been arrested on felony theft charges after a search warrant was conducted at a Winnebago County home.
During the past several months, there have been multiple thefts at quarries in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties. Hundreds of pounds of wire have been stolen along with tools. Major damage has been done to machinery from which the wire was stolen from.
In addition to the thefts from quarries thefts have also occurred from rural farm properties. Items taken include metal gates, fences and tools. Detectives from the Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Belvidere Police Department have worked together on this series of crimes.
On Sunday September 22, 2013 just after 11:00 at night, a truck was stopped by the detectives. The truck was occupied by 26-year-old Andrew Garkey and 23-year-old Cecil Sexton. The truck contained barbed wire, fence posts and other items determined to have been stolen from a farm property on Severson Road shortly before the truck was stopped.
A search warrant was executed on September 23, 2013 at Garkey's residence in the 6400 block of Kilburn where multiple stolen items, including metal farm gates were recovered.
Garkey and Sexton are charged with felony theft and lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.The investigation is on-going and additional charges are pending relative to the thefts from the quarries.