4 accused of using stolen semi to steal 80k worth of metals

UNION - Four men accused of stealing a semi-truck and loading it up with 80,000 pounds of metals at a Union warehouse were charged Sunday.

UNION – Police said they stopped a burglary operation at a Union metal factory where four men tried to steal tens of thousands of pounds of aluminum.

At about 8 a.m. Sunday, the McHenry County Sheriff's Office received information from the Wood Dale and Crystal Lake police departments about a possible burglary to the factory. Members of the patrol and investigations divisions, as well as the apprehension and canine units, were called out.

Sheriff's officers observed a dark-colored SUV driving in the area displaying suspicious behavior. Shortly after, the SUV was seen escorting a semi-tractor trailer to a business called New Dimensions, located at 6614 S. Union Road, police said.

The tractor trailer was seen backing into an open bay door. The door closed and the SUV continued to drive in the area while the tractor trailer was inside.

Police stopped the SUV and Wydell Feazell, 54, of Chicago was taken into custody.

A perimeter was established around the business and when the tractor trailer began to move, the alleged driver, Gabriel Garcia, 39, of Westchester, was approached and apprehended.

A third man, 50-year-old Roger Sexton of Chicago, who police said attempted to flee, was also taken into custody.

Police said a fourth man, Jose Feliciano, 38, of Bellwood, was found hiding in a room when police searched the building.

The tractor trailer had been stolen from the Bensenville area on Saturday and tens of thousands of pounds of aluminum were found inside, police said. The men had used forklifts inside the business to load the trailer. 

All four men were charged with burglary, theft, and conspiracy.

Feliciano, Garcia and Sexton also were charged with two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Feazell was charged with possession of burglary tools and Sexton was charged with resisting a peace officer.

Bond was set at $80,000 for Feliciano, Feazell and Sexton. Garcia's bond was $60,000.

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