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Murphysboro man pleads guilty to theft


A Murphysboro man has been sentenced to one year in prison after he stole a truck and a trailer.

The Jackson County State’s Attorney announced today that a Murphysboro resident, James McLafferty, age 38, pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

On June 25, 2015, at approximately 6:20 a.m., the Murphysboro Police Department was called to the 7th Street High-Rise in Murphysboro, in regard to a white male attempting to siphon gas from a Jackson County Housing Authority Truck.

Witnesses reported seeing a white Ford F-250 pulling a trailer enter the parking lot and park.

They then observed someone described as a white man approach the Housing Authority truck with a gas can and attempt to siphon gas from the truck.

One witness approached the man, who ran back to his vehicle and left the scene.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., the officers found the vehicle back at the 7th Street High-Rise, and identified the driver as McLafferty.

A registration check on the vehicle revealed that the F-250 was a Metropolis, Illinois, Water Department vehicle that had been reported stolen the night before.

The trailer was no longer with the F-250.

McLafferty claimed to have been picked up the day before by another person in Metropolis who was already in possession of the truck.

However, after further questioning, McLafferty admitted to stealing gasoline from a gas station in Paducah, Kentucky, while he was in the truck.

A video from that gas station showed McLafferty as the only occupant in the vehicle.

At approximately 4:15 p.m., the Murphysboro Police found the trailer that was attached to the F-250 in the Hardees parking lot on the east side of Murphysboro.

The registration on the trailer came back to Lonnie Minor of Murphysboro.

Minor positively identified the trailer as his, and told the police that he had not given anyone permission to take his trailer.

On June 30, 2015, the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office charged McLafferty with one count of unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and one count of theft.

On August 18, 2015, McLafferty pleaded guilty to theft.

He will serve two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, and one year of probation.

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