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Man facing burglary, theft charges

Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
Matthew W. Kornewald

ROCK FALLS – A Rock Falls man accused of multiple instances of shoplifting was arrested this week by two different police agencies stemming from cases in three counties.

According to a news release Thursday from Sterling police, Matthew W. Kornewald, 36, of Rock Falls, was arrested around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Rock Falls Burger King.

Kornewald is charged with burglary and retail theft, both felonies. He also was arrested on Lee County warrants for failure to appear on a traffic charge and two Whiteside County warrants, one for failure to appear on a speeding charge, the other for contempt of court related to a small claims case.

He is in Lee County Jail on $30,000 bond for the Lee County cases.

Kornewald was caught on video May 16 stealing a $225 drill from Frary Lumber, 2707 W. Fourth St. Six days later, he again was caught on tape, stealing a $1,000, 46-inch TV from Walmart, 4115 E. Lincolnway, police said.

Later Thursday, Rochelle Police arrested Kornewald on an Ogle County warrant for felony retail theft. He is accused of taking something from Big R in Rochelle on Tuesday; details were not available. Bond in that case is set at $20,000.

Kornewald has a 2006 burglary conviction in Whiteside County and a history of drug abuse.

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