Suspect in rash of car thefts pleads guilty

By Jim McCabe on November 13 at 7:14am

A Jacksonville man accused of multiple burglaries on the city’s west side will serve prison time.

Nineteen-year-old Christian Moroney of the 500 block of Stratford was sentenced yesterday to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for two counts of residential burglary. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Moroney pleaded guilty to the crimes, admitting to breaking into a house in the 700 block of Finley on April 22nd and another residence north of Jacksonville on Quail Lane on May 20th.

As part of the plea deal, eleven counts from two charges of burglary were dismissed. Moroney was accused of breaking into motor vehicles on nearly a dozen different occasions and stealing various items between January and September of this year, according to Morgan County State’s Attorney Robert Bonjean.

“We were never going to be in a situation where we were going to convict him of all the charges, but as the Jacksonville Police Department provided me with the information, we just filed those charges which he admitted to,” he says.

Bonjean says not much of the stolen property has been recovered. Bonjean believes Moroney turned around and sold most of the items he took.

“The biggest items of concern that the Jacksonville Police Department believes- and an investigation revealed- that some firearms were stolen, mainly as part of the residential burglaries,” Bonjean says. “Those have not been recovered.”

Bonjean believes Moroney committed the burglaries to support his drug habit.

“All the thefts weren’t sold for what their value was; I’m sure they were sold for much less,” he says. “Instead of getting a job or going to school, he had a penchant for going out at night and breaking in to motor vehicles.”

Bonjean says he doesn’t know the monetary value of the stolen items.

Moroney was arrested October 10th.

The burglary convictions are Class I felonies.