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Marion, IL officials sentence man to prison for theft, electronic fraud

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Officials in Williamson County, Illinois have sentenced a man to prison after an alleged theft in July 2016 and fraudulent use of an electronic transmission in August.

On December 12, Austen Norris, 20, pleaded guilty to theft, and fraudulent use of electronic transmission, and was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections.

Norris also pleaded guilty to another count of theft and was sentenced to five years in DOC to run concurrently with the previous sentence.

On July 14, 2016, a truck was stolen from the parking lot of Best One Tire in Marion.

Marion Police investigated the incident, and their investigation eventually led them to identify Norris as the theft suspect.

On August 30, in a separate incident at the Herrin Walmart, Norris originated electronic information to an electronic fund transfer terminal in that he authorized the transfer of funds from an account not belonging to him and without authorization for the purpose of purchasing a computer laptop from Walmart, which he did indeed purchase with the illegally obtained funds.

Norris was arrested on August 31 and was charged with the offenses by State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti on September 2.

The truck and laptop was recovered, and Norris was ordered to pay restitution for any damage caused to the stolen property.

Norris has been held in the Williamson County jail since his arrest and will be transferred to DOC.

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