FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A convicted serial burglar blamed for stealing from dozens of North Texas businesses has been sentenced to 49 years in prison.
Prosecutors in Fort Worth on Wednesday announced the penalty for 36-year-old Rodney James Ricketts.
A Tarrant County jury on Tuesday convicted Ricketts of aggregate theft of between $20,000 and $100,000 and ordered him to prison.
Records show Ricketts served time in North Carolina following a 2000 crime spree in which at least 20 businesses were burglarized. He later had felony drug and burglary convictions in the Houston area.
Investigators say Ricketts in 2011 committed burglaries in Tarrant, Collin, Dallas and Denton counties mainly at sandwich stores and pizza chains. Losses totaled more than $76,000.
He was captured in October 2011 during an attempted burglary in Bedford.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.