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Rockford man accused of stealing more than $5K worth of cigarettes in Marengo, Huntley

Randy J. Sanders, 51, of Rockford was arrested for cigarette theft.
Randy J. Sanders, 51, of Rockford was arrested for cigarette theft.

HUNTLEY – A Rockford man remained at the McHenry County Jail on Thursday after police said he stole more than $5,000 worth of cigarettes from gas stations in Marengo and Huntley in 2015 and 2016.

Randy Sanders, 51, last known to live in the 1400 block of Gorham Place, is charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. The most serious charge, burglary, typically is punishable by three to seven years in prison.

Sanders was booked at the McHenry County Jail on Tuesday evening after he was arrested on warrants issued by Huntley and Marengo police last year, charging documents show.

When Sanders learned about the warrants, he was in custody at the Winnebago County Jail on separate charges, according to a letter he sent the McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s office Oct. 21. In the letter, Sanders asked to be transferred to the McHenry County Jail to address the charges.

On Dec. 7, 2015, Sanders threw a brick through the door of a Marathon gas station in Marengo, Marengo police spokeswoman Denise Westland said in an email Thursday.

Once inside, Sanders stole 82 cartons of Marlboro cigarettes, at a value of $5,091, charging documents show.

Weeks later, on Jan. 20, 2016, Sanders entered a Mobil gas station on Route 47 in Huntley, where he stole 37 cartons of cigarettes. The cartons were worth more than $500, according to the charging records.

At each gas station, Sanders is accused of doing more than $300 worth of damage to the business’ doors.

He is being held on $125,000 bond. He must post $12,500 to be released from jail, according to booking records.

Sanders is due back in court Friday morning.

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