Members of a crew who stole approximately $400,000 during burglaries targeting video gaming machines in Lake and McHenry counties and surrounding counties have been sentenced to prison.
Lucas Bailey, 41, of Wilmington, was sentenced to three years in prison in Lake County Circuit Court after pleading guilty in June to one count of burglary, a Class 2 felony.
Bailey was already in prison at the time of the plea serving a separate sentence in connection to unrelated charges.
Gino Wuttke, 33, of Joliet, was sentenced to eight years in prison in Lee County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to one count of theft, a Class 1 felony, and burglary, a Class 2 felony.
In April, Brian Morgan, 42, of Plainfield, was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the burglary ring.
The sentences are part of an ongoing burglary case that involved a joint investigation with the Illinois Gaming Board, the Illinois State Police and several local law enforcement agencies.
The Illinois Attorney General’s office in August 2022 filed charges against six suspects, including Morgan, Wuttke and Bailey, alleging they broke into dozens of businesses around Illinois and stole approximately $400,000 from video gaming machines.
“Members of this burglary ring allegedly targeted bars, restaurants, social clubs and other small businesses that have video poker and video gaming machines. They broke into dozens of these establishments in multiple counties and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash out of the machines,” Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said.
“This case is the result of countless hours of collaboration between my office and several law enforcement agencies. I would like to thank these agencies for their hard work investigating this burglary ring and assisting in holding the members responsible accountable,” Raoul said.
The attorney general’s office said they received support in the investigation from the Illinois Gaming Board and several law enforcement agencies, including the state police, the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office, the Joliet Police Department and the Bureau, DeKalb, Grundy, Iroquois, Kendall and LaSalle county sheriffs.
The cases against the six suspects are being prosecuted by the attorney general’s Statewide Grand Jury Bureau, which prosecutes multi-county cases involving drugs, money laundering, guns and electronics.
“Illinois State Police Division of Criminal of Investigation special agents will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to fully investigate criminal acts and assist the Attorney General’s office in bringing those who break the law to justice,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly.