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|Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Beer from Burned Out Quik Stop
|A Galesburg man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge after he was caught removing merchandise from a burned out gas station. 21-year old Khristopher Young pleaded guilty Wednesday in Knox County Circuit Court to a Class A misdemeanor charge of theft. He originally faced a Class-two Felony Charge of Burglary.
Galesburg police officials caught him removing beer from the burned down Quik Stop convenience store on West Losey Street late last December, just days after the store burned down.
Young was sentenced to 24 days in jail with credit for 24 days already served. He was also ordered to pay a fine and restitution.
In a police report in December, officers say they spotted Young leaving the burned down store with two 40-ounce beer bottles. Upon search of Young's vehicle, police located several more containers of beer in his car some of which were already broken due to the extreme cold at the time.
According to the report, Young, admitted he saw the yellow caution tape surrounding the business and told police he knew he shouldn't have entered the property and taken the beer but thought he could get away with it,
Firefighters were originally called to the Quik Stop early last December 19th after an officer spotted smoke coming from the building not long after it would have closed for the night.
The building eventually went up in flames and its roof collapsed. The debris from the building still has not been removed from the site, which has been fenced in for months. No cause was ever disclosed.
(Fire destroyed the Galesburg Quik Stop December 19, 2008. WGIL News File Photo.)
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