Man pleads guilty to 100 burglaries

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. | An Illinois man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after admitting to more than 100 burglaries in two southeast Missouri towns.

The Southeast Missourian newspaper reported that Mark Lowery pleaded guilty Thursday to a string of burglaries that had plagued Cape Girardeau and Jackson since last fall. Lowery had confessed to police to more than 100 burglaries over the past three years.

Lowery, 46, of Robinson, Ill., was arrested May 4. He had previous convictions in Orange and Riverside counties in California on attempted burglary, residential burglary, car theft and receiving stolen property.