Underwear theft lands man in jail

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

A suspended corrections officer is behind bars for breaking into a 63-year-old woman's home in Streator, Ill., and stealing her underwear.

Jeffrey A. Yusko, 50, of Streator was sentenced Friday in LaSalle County court to six months in jail and 10 months of probation. He pleaded guilty May 30 to two counts of the Class 1 felony or residential burglary.

The woman testified Friday she thought she was going crazy when she realized about $20 worth of underwear was missing. She set up a surveillance camera in her home and caught Yusko, an acquaintance of her daughter's, stealing her undergarments Jan. 25 and Feb. 7.

Yusko apologized to the woman in court. He failed to give a motive for his actions but said he wants to seek help for psychological and substance abuse problems.

Judge H. Christ Ryan Jr. could have sentenced Yusko to four to 15 years in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Greg Sticka requested a seven-year prison sentence. He said the crime demonstrated a repeat pattern of behavior and robbed the woman of the right to feel safe in her home.

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