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Ratajczak gets prison time for stealing antique fishing lures

Published: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 3:56 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 3:58 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — A Manlius man has been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 1 felony of residential burglary.

Michael S. Ratajczak, 26, entered his guilty plea Jan. 2 before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei. Ratajczak was sentenced to serve five years in prison and to pay court costs within six months of his release from prison.

In mid-September 2012, a Manlius resident reported to the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department that his residence had been entered and antique fishing lures had been taken. With assistance from the victim, the sheriff’s department gathered evidence that Ratajczak had been selling the fishing lures. A search warrant was obtained and executed on Sept. 20, 2012, on Ratajczak’s residence. Most of the antique fishing lures were recovered from Ratajczak’s residence. Several other fishing lures were recovered from two individuals who had purchased them from Ratajczak. Authorities arrested Ratajczak that day.

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