Second man sentenced in Oswego Food Mart robbery
By Erika Wurst email@example.com August 22, 2013 4:14PM
Updated: September 24, 2013 6:32AM
An Aurora man was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for committing several crimes throughout Kendall County in 2011, including robbing an Oswego convenience store.
Marquitte West, 20, 100 bock of North May Street, pleaded guilty last month to one count of aggravated robbery and three counts of of residential burglary. He is the second of three men to be convicted of the robbery.
Prosecutors said West and two accomplices admitted to robbing the Oswego Food Mart, burglarizing several Oswego homes and using a victim’s credit card to make purchases online in 2011.
According to prosecutors, West, along with Jubari Tuggles and Deamonte Jackson, entered the market wearing ski masks, and threatened the clerk with both a baseball bat and a pellet gun before stealing cash from the register and Illinois Lottery scratch-off tickets.
West, Tuggles and Jackson fled the scene, and managed to get away with the crime, but only for a while.
In the meantime, Oswego police and Kendall County Sheriff’s Department deputies were investigating a series of residential burglaries that occurred in the village’s Churchill Club subdivision between May and June of 2011. The suspects made off with televisions, cameras, wallets, money, credit cards and computers.
West, Tuggles and Jackson came on the police radar when they used a stolen credit card to order starter pistols and shoes online. A United States postal inspector assisted Oswego police and Kendall County deputies in delivering the packages to Tuggles, who signed for them using a fake name.
Police then secured a warrant to search Tuggles’ home, and found several items that were reportedly taken during the Oswego burglaries. Detectives also found evidence that linked Tuggles to the armed robbery of the Oswego market.
Investigators found scratch-off lottery tickets that matched the ones stolen in June. A torn ticket found in Tuggles’ bedroom was a perfect match to the remaining half of a ticket torn from the roll dispenser at the Oswego store.
During an interview with police, West admitted that he was involved in the robbery of the Oswego market, and that he had committed a series of residential burglaries. He agreed to work with investigators to solve several other open investigations as part of his agreement and sentence.
West will have to serve two years of probation after he completes his six-and-a-half-year prison sentence.
Tuggles was previously sentenced to 10 years in prison for his involvement in many of these same crimes.
Jackson remains in custody awaiting trial.