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Princeton man sentenced to prison for burglary

PRINCETON — Adam S. Budde, 34, of Princeton was sentenced on Aug. 23 to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to the Class 2 felony of burglary. Budde will receive 104 days credit for time served while in pretrial custody. He was fined $562 to be paid within six months following his release from prison.

On March 26, Budde and another male entered the Walmart Store in Princeton, and placed two separate plastic totes inside a cart. The two males loaded numerous shave cartridges, nicotine patches and nicotine gum into the totes and left the store carrying the totes. The suspects did not pay for items in the totes.

They were seen on surveillance video driving away in a rented vehicle. During the investigation of this case, police discovered similar thefts had occurred in the Walmart Store in Peru with the same rented vehicle being used. Police were also able to find out through the rental car agency, the identification of the person who rented the car.

Budde’s criminal history includes convictions for possession of marijuana (Class A misdemeanor) in Lake County, Ind., in 2003; theft (felony) in Lake County, Ind., in 2004; unlawful possession of a controlled substance (Class 4 felony) in Cook County in 2006; theft (Class 3 felony) in Bureau County in 2013; criminal trespass to land (Class B misdemeanor) in LaSalle County in 2016; and domestic battery/bodily harm (Class A misdemeanor) in LaSalle County in 2018.

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