Kewanee Church Burglaries Remain Unsolved

Kewanee Police are investigating several burglaries over the past couple of months that have targeted local churches. These burglaries have been a bit different in that, in some of them, entry was gained but nothing was taken. In others, small amounts of money and bottles of wine have been stolen. Local churches have stepped up their efforts to be more vigilant about such things as locking doors and securing valuables, but the previous losses remain a mystery.

There is a possible connection with a night time intrusion into Central School, which was caught on surveillance video and appears to show a young male suspect, but so far the only definite connection is that all of the break-ins, including to the school, remain unsolved.

Some of the churches were entered by breaking windows, others were entered through the front doors, which in some cases had to be forced open. Some noise would have been made, and some time would have been spent, forcing entry into the churches.

Despite happening during the overnight hours, police are hopeful that someone may have seen something that looked suspicious.

Anyone who has any information about these crimes is asked to contact Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324. You do not have to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest you could be eligible for a cash reward. 

Pair of Fugitives Sought on Henry County Warrants

Police are seeking the public’s help in finding two fugitives who are wanted in connection with a robbery in Colona, IL.

On February 27, 2015, a Colona resident was robbed by what were described as two males who fled in a tan or gold, 1990’s to 2000’s, Honda Accord 4 door. The suspects took the victim’s wallet and cell phone. Although no weapons were involved, the suspects did use physical force against the victim. The suspects fled the Colona area and were believed to be headed toward Moline, IL.

Investigation of this crime identified the suspects as Mark S. Anthony, 23 years old, 5 ft. 10 in. tall, 165 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes, and Victor A. Salazar, 18 years old, 5 ft. 9 in. tall, 160 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. Both suspects were last known to have lived in the Moline area. Unfortunately, no photos of these suspects are available.

Warrants were issued on March 26, 2015 in Henry County Court for both suspects on Robbery charges. If you know the location of these fugitives, do not approach them yourself. Contact Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324 and you can leave your tip anonymously. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

Notice Regarding All Fugitives

All warrants must be verified before arrest. Some fugitives may be apprehended prior to publication or broadcast of this bulletin. All fugitives should be considered dangerous and may be armed. Never confront these subjects yourself. If you know where they are, call Henry County Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-227-2324 or our local Cambridge number at 309-937-2324 and you could receive a cash reward.

 

Fugitive Sought on Henry County Warrant

Dustin K. capturedGriffin has been apprehended on the Henry County warrant charges of Possession of Child Pornography and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Notice Regarding All Fugitives

All warrants must be verified before arrest. Some fugitives may be apprehended prior to publication or broadcast of this bulletin. All fugitives should be considered dangerous and may be armed. Never confront these subjects yourself. If you know where they are, call Henry County Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-227-2324 or our local Cambridge number at 309-937-2324 and you could receive a cash reward.

Cambridge Memorial Park Suffers Damage

On the morning of Saturday, December 27, 2014, damage was found to the flag display at the Memorial Park in Cambridge, IL. The suspect or suspects had cut the ropes on eight flag poles, allowing the flags to remain flying but with their ropes on the ground. A United States flag was missing from the park, but was found later discarded near the city sewer plant on Rt. 81. All eight flag poles had to be re-strung, along with other repairs.

 

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Anyone who has any information about this crime is asked to contact Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324. You do not have to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest in this case you could be eligible for a cash reward. Please help local authorities discover who committed this act of disrespect and see that justice is done.

$15,000 Reward Hopes to Bring Closure to Unsolved Murder

Tuesday September 9, 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the unsolved murder of 16-year-old Mary Ann Becker of Atkinson, IL. Henry County Crime Stoppers is today announcMary Ann Beckering a new reward of $15,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. This is in addition to the normal reward offered by Crime Stoppers of up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest. Despite all law enforcement efforts, including a multi-agency task force formed at the time it happened, this case remains unsolved.

Mary Ann Becker was found dead inside her home on the evening of Monday, September 9, 1974. The crime stunned the quiet town of Atkinson, IL. Mary Ann Becker, who was described as a shy, quiet, and intelligent high school honors student, was buried on Thursday, Sept 12, 1974.

The Illinois State Police, in cooperation with several local and county agencies, is actively investigating Mary Ann’s murder, and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential. Information on this case can also be viewed on the Illinois State Police website available at http://www.isp.state.il.us under “Crime – Unsolved Crimes.” Mary Ann Becker is the oldest case, listed at the bottom of the page.

Attention News Outlets: please contact the Illinois State Police, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, or the Atkinson Police Department for further comment on this story. Crime Stoppers has no further information on this case beyond what is provided above.

Unsolved Burglary in Rural Colona

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in solving a burglary that occurred in rural Colona, IL sometime between the evening of Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, 2014.

Entry was made to the outbuilding of a property in the Dayton Corners area of Colona and numerous items were taken, including a flat screen TV over 60 inches in size, another flat screen TV, a table style video game, and several bottles of alcohol.

Due to the size and nature of the items, more than one person would have been needed to remove the items, and a truck, van or similar vehicle would have been needed to transport them.

Anyone having information about this case is asked to contact Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324.

All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and any tip that leads to an arrest in this case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000 in cash.

Two Unsolved Cases Featured on ISP Cold Case Website

Two local cases that have gone cold are receiving new attention on the Illinois State Police “Unsolved Crimes” web page. Both cases are homicide investigations, and detectives are hopeful that someone will come forward with that one piece of information that solves these cases.

The first unsolved homicide occurred in early September of 1974. A 16 year old high school student in Atkinson, IL named Mary Ann Becker was found dead inside her home. The initial investigation involved multiple police agencies, but the case has remained unsolved.

The ISP Cold Case web page for this case, including a picture of Mary Ann, is available here.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Special Agent Brian Masters, Illinois State Police, at 309-752-4915 ext. 4934, or PSA Larry Kot, Illinois State Police, at 847-608-3230. Callers can also report tips to Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324.

The second case happened in early July of 2003. An East Moline woman was reported missing, and four days later the body of 47 year old Jone Knapton was discovered in the Green River in rural Henry County. Again, a multi-agency task force investigated, but the case has remained unsolved.

The ISP Cold Case web page for this case, including a picture of Jone, is available here.

Anyone having information concerning this case is asked to contact the Illinois State Police M/Sgt. Chris Endress 309-752-4928, the Quad Cities Crime Stoppers: (309)-762-9500, or Henry County Crime Stoppers: 800-227-2324.

As with all unsolved felonies, any caller to Crime Stoppers with information that leads to an arrest in either of these cases could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000 in cash.

Armed Robbery Attempted in Kewanee

The Kewanee Police Dept.is investigating an attempted armed robbery that occurred at the Shell Station at 511 S. Main St. in Kewanee on the morning of Friday, January 24, 2014. The suspect was caught on store cameras and is shown here.

Kewanee Shell Armed Robbery Suspect 01-24-2014

He was described as a white male with tattoos under both eyes and another tattoo on his temple. Police say that the suspect entered the station and waited for other customers to leave. He then approached the counter armed with a knife and demanded money. The suspect was unable to obtain money and fled the store in a small red car that left on West Prospect Street.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and if your tip leads to a felony arrest you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Photo courtesy of Kewanee Police Dept.

UPDATE – 01/24/2014

A Kewanee man was arrested late Friday afternoon in connection with an attempted robbery early Friday morning at the Shell Express, 511 S. Main St. Stephen W. Lambert, 36, turned himself in at the Kewanee police station at about 4 p.m. Police said Lambert had been named in an arrest warrant for attempted armed robbery. He was taken to the Henry County Jail.

Authorities Investigating Hit and Run Accident

Authorities have been unable to solve a hit and run accident that occurred shortly after 12:00 Noon on Sunday, December 29, 2013 near the intersection of Wolf Rd. and Stagecoach Rd. in rural Geneseo.

The victim reported that a black SUV, similar in appearance to the Chevy Trailblazer, turned onto Wolf Rd. in front of them. The victim reported colliding with the SUV on the passenger side, causing it to go into the ditch. The SUV then backed up, knocked over a roadside sign, and drove away to the south on Stagecoach Rd. The victim believed that the driver of the SUV was female, but could not provide any other description.

Authorities have followed up on the evidence left at the scene and after several leads have been unable to locate the dark colored SUV. This vehicle should have damage to the passenger side and the back window was broken out. Based on debris left at the scene, the vehicle may have a connection to the Quad City area.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and if your tip leads to a felony arrest you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Area Businesses Hit By Burglaries

A pair of crimes are being investigated by local authorities that are very similar to last month’s burglary at Motor City Auto in Kewanee.

During the overnight hours between the evening of Monday, January 13, and the morning of Tuesday, January 14, 2014, entry was made to both Crowe Auto at 303 Tenney St. and the Finish Line at 1116 N. Main St. in Kewanee. In both cases the office areas were entered and among the items taken were cash and electronics.

It is unknown what connection, if any, these may have to the earlier December incident, although authorities are actively investigating all three cases. The Motor City and Crowe Auto cases are being investigated by the Kewanee Police Dept., while the Finish Line case is under the jurisdiction of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and if your tip leads to a felony arrest you could be eligible for a cash reward.