OREGON – Two Rockford men are accused of stealing hundreds of pounds of wire and tools and damaging machinery at six Ogle County quarries, in addition to quarries in Boone and Winnebago counties.
Andrew A. Garkey, 27, and Cecil C. Sexton, 26, were arrested Sept. 22 after a truck they were driving was pulled over by detectives, a news release from the Ogle County Sheriff's Department said.
Upon searching the truck, detectives found it contained several rolls of barbed wire, fence posts and other items that had been reported as stolen from a farm on the Ogle-Winnebago County line earlier that day, the release said.
Additionally, Sexton's home in Rockford was searched as well as several storage sheds in Winnebago County, inside of which authorities found items that appeared to have been stolen from all three counties, the release said.
Ogle County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mike Schabacker said the thefts have been occurring in Ogle County since the last week of June.The total cost incurred, including property damage, is more than $40,000, he said.
Not all of the stolen property was recovered, Schabacker said.
Garkey and Sexton are in the Winnebago County Jail on $75,000 bond, where they are both charged with felony theft. In Ogle County, they are each charged with two counts of burglary and three counts of felony theft.
Garkey is on probation for a 2012 Ogle County felony theft conviction involving scrap metal.