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Second man charged in Linn Township theft

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
November 21, 2009
— A second Illinois man has been charged in connection with the theft of $100,000 from a Linn Township home.

Scott J. Zim, 31, of Woodstock, Ill., is charged in Walworth County with party to theft. He faces $25,000 in fines and 10 years in prison.


One man has already been charged with the theft. Patrick R. Vermett, 34, of Woodstock, Ill., admitted to taking the $100,000 from the Linn Township house, according to court documents.


Vermett said he was involved with moving furniture from the house to a storage barn during construction in late 2008, according to the complaint. He noticed a piece of paper stuck to the bottom of the pool table containing the safe combination.


Vermett said he wrote down the numbers and admitted knowing the location of the safe, according to the complaint.


Vermett said he took about $20,000 in late August 2009, according to the complaint. He admitted to coming back about a month later and taking an additional $80,000, according to the complaint.


Zim said he was with Vermett when they found the safe combination and during the theft, according to the complaint. They split the money in half, according to the complaint.


About $13,400 of the money has been returned, Linn Police Chief Dennis Wisniewski said.


Zim is expected to make his initial appearance in Walworth County Court on Dec. 10.



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