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Johnston City man convicted on theft charges

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JOHNSTON CITY, IL (KFVS) -

A Johnston City man was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison on theft charges.

Tyler Worrell, 20, of Johnston City, formerly of Vienna, was convicted on a felony theft class 3 charge.

During an interview with police on July 1, 2012, Worell admitted to police he bought a dirt bike and chain saw for $800 from a person camping at Cedar Lake Campground.

Worrell claimed he got the money from a relative doing odd jobs. That relative denied the claims to police, according to the state's attorney's office.

He never admitted to stealing the items, but police said he got the items under circumstances that would have a person to believe they were stolen.

The sheriff's office then began an investigation into several items being taken from a pole barn around October 16, 2011.

According to the state's attorney, Worrell admitted to selling two of the items taken to a local pawn shop, but denied remembering of taking the items.

According to Worell, he woke up one morning after getting drunk and high on drugs, and the items were in the back of his truck. That's when he told officers he sold the items.

After pleading guilty to the theft, Worrell was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of corrections, got a recommendation for boot camp, and ordered to pay restitution and court costs.

In exchange to the plea, the state did not file charges on the pole barn theft.

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