Sheriff: Bureau County bar owner shoots burglar in the act

DePUE – A longtime burglar, on parole for a Whiteside County burglary, was shot in the leg by a bar owner while attempting to rob his tavern, the Bureau County sheriff said.

Charles W. Casford, 33, owns and lives at The Junction, 901 W. state Route 29 in DePue.

According to a release from the sheriff:

Around 5:45 a.m., Casford heard a loud noise coming from the bar, which is attached to his home. He grabbed a gun and found Jackie L. Popp, 42, of Ohio, at the register, and shot him as he advanced toward him.

Deputies found Popp on the floor, wounded in his upper right leg. He was taken to St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley and later to St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, the release said.

His condition was unavailable Monday afternoon.

Popp will face burglary charges once he is released, State’s Attorney Geno Caffarini, said.

Casford was defending himself and his property, and will not be charged, Caffarini said.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Popp was paroled in March after serving 4 years of a 12-year sentence for the 2010 Whiteside County burglary. At least half of a burglary sentence must be served, minus any “good time” an offender earns.

Popp has an extensive history of felony thievery in three other counties:

In 2005, he was sentenced to 10 years in Dupage County, 8 years in Kane County, and 7 years in Kendall County on four counts of burglary, the latter two committed in Kendall County.

In 2001, he was sentenced to 5 years for theft in Dupage County, and 8 years for armed robbery in Kane County.

In 1999, he was sentenced to 5 years in Kane County for burglary.