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Schuelke pleads guilty to theft

Published: Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 1:55 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 1:57 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — A Buda teen has been placed on two years probation after pleading guilty to the Class A misdemeanor of theft.

Christina M. Schuelke, 19, entered her guilty plea on Aug. 31 before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei. As conditions of her probation, Schuelke was ordered to serve two months in the Bureau County Jail, perform 300 hours of public service work, abide by a curfew, and write a letter of apology to the victim, a Bureau County church.

Schuelke was represented in court by Assistant Public Defender Eric May. Prosecuting the case was State's Attorney Patrick Herrmann.

This is her first offense.

On Aug. 27, 2011, a citizen reported to the Bureau County Sheriff's Department that someone had placed lawn furniture in the middle of a road. During the course of the investigation, members of a Buda church reported their premises had been entered sometime overnight. Fire extinguishers had been expelled in the church. The sheriff's department was able to match footprints to shoes worn by Schuelke and two male co-defendants. All three defendants were originally placed under arrest for burglary.

Further investigation revealed the two males entered the church by themselves and expelled the fire extinguishers. They left the church and returned later with Schuelke. All three then entered the church, resulting in a laptop computer, wheelchair and cell phones being taken from the church.

On Nov. 29, 2011, the male juvenile was given a full commitment to the Illinois Department of Corrections juvenile division. The adult male, Brandon Daily, pleaded guilty to burglary on Dec. 19, 2011, and was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections but was certified eligible for the Impact Incarceration Program.

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