All six 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.
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced Friday that Syed Zaidi, 42, of Romeoville, Illinois, pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class 2 felony.
Lee County Circuit Court Judge Theresa Draper sentenced Zaidi to three years in prison.
The guilty plea was for his role in a criminal operation that burglarized businesses and stole cash from video poker machines throughout Illinois.
In August 2022, the attorney general’s office filed charges against six suspects, including Zaidi, alleging they broke into businesses and stole money.
The suspects, who stole approximately $400,000, have all now pleaded guilty to charges stemming from their involvement in the burglary ring.
Giulia Wuttke, 54, of Chatsworth, pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit money laundering, a Class 3 felony, and was sentenced to 18 months of conditional discharge.
Wuttke forfeited approximately $4,100 that was seized by the Illinois State Police when a warrant was executed at her home and she was ordered to pay fines and court costs associated with the case.
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.
Raoul said members of the burglary ring targeted bars, restaurants, social clubs and other small businesses that have video poker and video gaming machines.
“All the defendants who participated in this criminal enterprise have now entered guilty pleas. My office was able to hold them accountable because of countless hours of collaboration with several law enforcement agencies. I would like to thank these agencies for their hard work investigating this case,” 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 Illinois State Police is committed to protecting the public and fully investigating cases to get criminals, like this burglary ring, off the streets,” ISP Director Brendan Kelly said.