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Couple charged with second area business burglary

Published: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Stephen M. Sato
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Julie Korotkov

MORRISON – A Chicago couple already charged with burglarizing a Dollar General store in Fulton also were charged Thursday with a similar theft in Morrison.

Stephen M. Sato, 32, and Julie Korotkov, 37, were in Whiteside County Jail on a $200,000 bond after being charged with burglary in the Fulton case; now each face an additional burglary charge.

The pair went into the Morrison Dollar General about 4:45 p.m. Jan. 3. While one distracted employees, the other went into the employee break room and stole two wallets, Morrison Police Chief Brian Melton said.

The employees’ credit cards were used at businesses in Clinton, Iowa, and possibly the Quad Cities. Similar burglaries were reported the same day in Port Byron and on Dec. 31 in Fulton.

Tips led police to a cabin in the 3300 block of Riverview Road in Thomson on Tuesday, where they were staying. Many items suspected to be stolen were seized, police said.

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