PIKE COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) — A Greenview, Illinois, woman has been sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to the offenses of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of residential burglary, and one count of unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
On Friday Pike County Sheriff David Greenwood reported that Jacki McLaughlin, 44, was sentenced on Thursday.
Greenwood state the investigation began on October 29, when the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a burglary call on Perry Fishhook Road in Baylis, Illinois. The homeowner came home and discovered United States Currency, firearms, and other items had been stolen. The Pike County Sheriff’s Department contacted Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services and requested assistance with the investigation.
Evidence led the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services to identify Jacki McLaughlin as a suspect.
The Pike County Sheriff’s Department attempted to locate Jacki by contacting other police agencies. It was discovered that Jacki had multiple warrants for her arrest out of several different counties.
On November 10th, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a second burglary call on the Perry Fishhook Road, Baylis. The homeowner reported several items had been stolen from his residence to include televisions, firearms, and a truck.
Later in the evening, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department was able to stop the stolen truck. William Williams, age 43, of Springfield, Illinois, was the driver of the truck, he was arrested and lodged in the Pike County Jail on a charge of Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.
Evidence seized from Williams during his arrest led the Pike County Sheriff’s Department to the location of Jacki McLaughlin.
Chief Deputy Zack Orr said with the assistance from the Menard County Sheriff’s Department, Greenview Police Department, and the Central Illinois Enforcement Group they were able to locate and arrest Jacki after a brief foot pursuit at a residence in the 300 block of Van Buren Street, Greenview, Menard County, Illinois.
After Jacki’s arrest, Orr was able to collect substantial information about her involvement in residential burglaries, burglaries, and thefts throughout Pike County, Brown County, Morgan County, Sangamon County, and Menard County.
Jacki cooperated with the criminal investigation and admitted to her role in all of the crimes.
Chief Deputy Orr said this is an example of old fashion police work where law enforcement entities were able to work together for the good of their citizens.
Chief Deputy Orr praised the hard work of ISP CST Brandi Field who was able to recover evidence to put Jacki at the crime scene at one of the residences on Perry Fishhook Road. Chief Deputy Orr said he had complete support and assistance from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Menard County Sheriff’s Department, and the Greenview Police Department.
Jacki’s co-defendant in the Pike County cases, William Williams, has a jury trial set for April 13.