Man gets five years for stealing coins from laundry machines

Man gets five years for stealing coins from laundry machines

URBANA — A Mansfield man who admitted breaking into coin boxes on washers and dryers at a Campustown apartment building has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Champaign County Judge Harry Clem on Monday also ordered George Wisehart, 36, to make $7,110 in restitution for damage he did to appliances at seven properties.

Wishehart pleaded guilty in February to a single count of burglary for breaking into a building at 207 E. John St., C, belonging to the University Group. The burglary occurred Oct. 18. In exchange for his plea, six other counts of burglary to the other properties were dismissed.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said Wisehart was a former employee of the property manager and that in October, the owners noticed the coin boxes on several washing machines and dryers had been pried open and quarters stolen.

Wishehart was identified as a suspect in one burglary by an employee who saw him in a laundry room and then saw him leave hurriedly. In another burglary, a tenant identified him from a photo lineup as the person who had been prying on a machine.

Clark said Wisehart had prior convictions for burglary, driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, aggravated battery and aggravated driving under the influence.

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