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Chicago woman gets 5 years for burglaries

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2013 2:19 p.m. CST
Julie Korotkov and Stephen M. Sato.

MORRISON – A Chicago woman was sentenced to two concurrent 5-year sentences for burglarizing a Dollar Tree store in Fulton and a Dollar General in Morrison.

Julie Korotkov, 37, was given 50 days credit for time served at last month's sentencing.

As part of her plea agreement, the state dismissed three charges of theft less than $500.

Korotkov and Stephen M. Sato, 33, also of Chicago, went into the Morrison Dollar General on 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 credit cards were used in Clinton, Iowa, and possibly the Quad Cities.

On Dec. 31, Dollar Tree employees in Fulton told police two people went into the store; one distracted employees while the other stole about $300 in cash, credit cards and IDs from the break room.

Tips led to a cabin in Thomson where Korotkov and Sato were staying and where many stolen items were found, police said.

Sato is charged with two counts of burglary and three counts of theft of less than $500; he has an April 24 court hearing.

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