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Convicted Joliet thief allegedly snatches children's donation box

Frank M. Klee
Frank M. Klee

JOLIET – A twice convicted Joliet thief was arrested after he allegedly stole a donation box for children at a gas station, according to a criminal complaint.

Frank M. Klee, 49, a guest at the Catholic Charities’ Daybreak shelter, was arrested and jailed Feb. 1 in connection with the incident. He’s charged with theft and is being held on a $20,000 bond.

Klee allegedly went to a Gulf gas station in Joliet on New Year’s Day and took a donation box containing cash, according to a criminal complaint.

The donation box was for 4 K.I.D.S Sake, a nonprofit organization that advocates for children.

Klee, formerly of the 1800 block of Wake Island Drive, Joliet, pleaded guilty to an unrelated theft July 13.

Klee previously had stolen from Kohl’s, 2510 Route 59, Plainfield. A Will County judge sentenced him to 118 days in jail, credited him for 59 days already served, and gave him two years of probation.

In 2015, Klee pleaded guilty to stealing $300 of merchandise from the former H. H. Gregg store, 3150 Tonti Drive, Joliet.

He was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and fined $500.

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