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Missouri man pleads guilty to auto theft

Published: Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 3:15 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — A Missouri man has been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 2 felony of auto theft.

Wendell M. Bankers, 22, of St. Louis, Mo., entered his guilty plea on Nov. 8 before Associate Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich. Bankers was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay court costs and possible restitution.

Bankers was represented in court by Bureau County Public Defender Michael Henneberry. Prosecuting the case was Bureau County State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann.

On Aug. 27, a Ladd citizen reported suspicious behavior of two individuals to the Ladd Police Department. The citizen reported the two individuals were attempting to solicit funds to obtain gas money for the completion of a trip. The vehicle which the two individuals were using had a broken window and no license plates. When the vehicle was determined to be stolen from the Quad Cities earlier that morning, both individuals were placed under arrest. The key to the stolen vehicle was found in Bankers’ pocket. It was also determined the clothing of the defendant contained pieces of glass which appeared to be from the broken vehicle window.

Bankers was previously convicted of auto theft and placed on probation in 2008 in Missouri.

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