Man gets prison in shoplifting case; charges against mother unresolved

Man gets prison in shoplifting case; charges against mother unresolved

URBANA — An Urbana man who stole clothing and video games from a Champaign department store, allegedly with the help of his mother, was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.

Joshua McCullough, 32, who listed an address in the 800 block of East University Avenue, pleaded guilty Friday before Judge Heidi Ladd to retail theft over $300.

He admitted that on May 18, he stole video games and clothing from Kohl's, 109 Convenience Center Drive.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said Kohl's security employees watched as McCullough and his mother pushed a cart through the store that contained a backpack. Bennett said she held the backpack open while he placed the items inside. They were stopped in the parking lot with $635 worth of stolen merchanside, he said.

Bennett said McCullough had prior convictions for theft, burglary, possession of a hypodermic syringe, unlawful possession of a weapon and driving under suspension.

In exchange for McCullough's plea to theft, a more serious charge of burglary was dismissed and his probation in another misdemeanor case was terminated. He was given credit for 34 days served on his sentence.

Burglary and theft charges filed against his 62-year-old mother are unresolved. She's due back in court in July.

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rsp wrote on June 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Sad case