Murphysboro man pleads guilty to utility vehicle theft

Murphysboro man pleads guilty to utility vehicle theft

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - A Murphysboro, Illinois man pleaded guilty in connection to a stolen utility vehicle investigation.

Danny R. Odom, 35, pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen motor vehicle and theft. He was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

On Nov. 4, 2015, Murphysboro police began investigating the theft of a side-by-side utility vehicle and trailer from the Rural King parking lot on Industrial Park Road. The utility vehicle was owned by the Shade Tree Service Company out of Fenton, Mo. When employees returned to work on Nov. 4, 2015, they say the utility vehicle and trailer were gone.

Police were able to get surveillance video that showed a white pickup being used to take the utility vehicle.

Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department received a report of a stolen white pickup owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which was consistent with the description of the truck used to steal a utility vehicle.

A joint investigation began and detectives received information that Odom was trying to sell a utility vehicle online.

Officers bought the utility vehicle from Odom as part of an operation.

They confirmed the utility vehicle was the one stolen from Shade Tree Service Company. Additionally, officers and detectives were able to recover the stolen trailer and the stolen IDNR vehicle.

According to officers, Odom admitted his involvement in the theft of the items and all stolen property was returned to the owners.

On Jan. 29, 2016, Odom pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen motor vehicle and was sentenced to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

He also pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to eight years in the IDOC.

The two sentences will run concurrently. Odom must serve a mandatory supervised release period of three years upon his release from the DOC.

The investigation was conducted by the Murphysboro Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. Assistant State's Attorney Casey Bloodworth was responsible for the prosecution of the case.

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