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Anderson pleads guilty to retail theft

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 10:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 2:51 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — A Yorkville man has been sentenced in Bureau County Court to 30 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to the Class 3 felony of retail theft.

Leroy G. Anderson, 42, entered his guilty plea on April 23 before Associate Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich. In addition to the prison sentence, Anderson was ordered to pay restitution of $1,129 and a fine of $477 within six months of his release from prison. Anderson received credit for time served from Jan. 10 to April 22.

Anderson was represented in court by Public Defender Michael Henneberry. Prosecuting the case was First Assistant State’s Attorney Anthony Sciuto.

On Dec. 23, 2013, the Princeton Police Department investigated the theft of merchandise at the Walmart Supercenter store in Princeton. Video evidence from the store confirmed Anderson to be the same individual who had been arrested Jan. 2 by the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department for retail theft at the Walmart Supercenter in Ottawa. The modus operandi was the same at both locations, where Anderson and a co-defendant would enter a Walmart store, place canned baby formula in rubber totes and leave the store without paying for the merchandise. Both Anderson and the co-defendant admitted to having heroin addictions and stealing the merchandise to pay for heroin.

Anderson has a 1992 burglary conviction in DuPage County and a 1993 felony theft conviction in Kendall County.

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