A 50-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for burglarizing two Rockford properties in August of last year.
The Rockford Country Club Pro Shop was broken into on August 21, 2011. A window had been shattered and the cash drawer was missing from the checkout counter. Rockford Police recovered two partial shoe impressions on two separate pieces of glass during that investigation.
Another break in occurred to the Prairie Street Brewhouse on just two days later. There, officers observed that a wooden door to the business was forced open and a cooler inside the business was also forced open. A surveillance video showed a white male walking along the northwest side of the building off and on between 3:45 a.m. and 5:22 a.m. that day. An officer later recognized the individual from that video riding a bicycle and arrested James Mabrey for the Prairie Street Brewhouse burglary.
The shoe prints recovered from the Rockford Country Club Pro Shop and shoes belonging to Mabrey were submitted to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab, which determined the two impressions were made by Mabrey's shoes.
Mabrey pled guilty to the two charges of burglary on May 17, 2012. He faces 12 years in prison due to his prior criminal history.
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