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West Side Man Charged with Felony Theft

May 19th, 2012 at 11:04 am

According to the Chicago Tribune, law enforcement officials executing a search warrant for guns in a West Side home found over $100,000 of stolen electronics and other goods, including computer software, bicycles, DJ equipment, construction equipment, and musical instruments. Police also found a handgun, three shotguns, and three rifles in the residence. As a result, 50-year-old homeowner Willie Sutton was arrested and charged with several counts of unlawful usage of a weapon and possession of firearms, failing to register firearms, failure to have a valid FOID card, and felony theft. The investigation was coordinated by the Chicago Police Department’s Narcotics Division, bureau of organized crime, and tactical officers

Police are currently displaying the stolen goods at the Chicago Police Department’s Austin District station and using the media in an attempt to have the public identify the owners of the obviously stolen goods. Alleged victims of the thefts are encouraged to contact the Chicago Police Department in order to view the stolen items.

Theft charges in the state of Illinois can be extremely serious, especially when the value of the items involved in the alleged theft is substantial. If you are convicted of theft, you could face jail time, fines, restitution, and other serious penalties. Additionally, you may have a permanent criminal history that you will have to disclose to employers for the rest of your life.

If you or a loved one has been accused of theft or a theft-related crime, you must contact a
Chicago area criminal defense attorney immediately so that you can prepare the best defense to these charges, and get the advice that will be crucial to you in this matter.

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