A man is sentenced to 16 years in jail for robbing a Rockford sandwich shop last August.
Police were dispatched to Roly Poly at 308 West State Street on August 1. The owner of the shop noticed the tip cup and a bag containing $150 were missing when he showed up for work that day. Surveillance video showed a black male around 6 feet tall and 250 pounds crawled under the security cage and took the cup and the money bag.
Rockford Police were contacted again five days later when the owner of Roly Poly saw the suspect. Officers were able to identify him as Verez Watts. Watts admitted to lifting the security cage, entering the shop, and taking the money bag from under the cash register in a meeting with police.
Watts pled guilty to the burglary on May 21, 2012. Burglary is a Class 2 felony with a sentencing range of three to seven years in jail, however, due to Watts' prior history, Class X sentencing was applicable. Class X sentencing carries a range of six to thirty years in jail.
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