Crime & Courts

South Beloit man who stole wrenches from Woodstock store receives prison sentence

Richard Long, 28, South Beloit
Richard Long, 28, South Beloit

A South Beloit man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for stealing more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from the Blain’s Farm and Fleet in Woodstock.

Richard J. Long, 28, accepted a plea deal from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to a felony count of retail theft.

McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge accepted the plea and sentenced Long to five years in prison.

In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss an additional theft charge and several driving violations filed in an unrelated case.

The theft charges stem from accusations Dec. 3, 2019, that Long stole two wrench sets from the Blain’s Farm and Fleet, according to a news release from the state’s attorney’s office.

The stolen items were valued at more than $5,000, according to the release.

Shortly after the theft, Long was arrested in Kane County and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, records show.

He pleaded guilty to that charge in June and was sentenced to six years in prison, Kane County records show.

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