Two men have been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing items from rural properties and quarries in Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle counties.
According to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, hundreds of pounds of wire has been taken over the past several months, damaging the machinery from which it was taken. Metal gates, tools, and fences have also been taken.
Detectives from the Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle county sheriff's offices along with the Belvidere Police Department teamed up to investigate the incidents and stopped a truck around 11:20 p.m. on Sunday, September 22. The truck had barbed wire, fence posts, and other items allegedly taken from a farm on Severson Road just before the truck was stopped near 6900 Kilburn Road.
The two men inside the truck, 26-year-old Andrew A. Garkey and 25-year-old Cecil C. Sexton, were taken into custody. A search warrant at Garkey's residence in the 6900 block of Kilburn recovered multiple stolen items, including metal farm gates.
Both men have been charged with felony theft and additional charges related to the thefts from quarries are pending.
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