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.

Burglary to Kewanee Business

Kewanee Police are investigating a burglary that occurred sometime during the overnight hours from December 3 to December 4, 2013. Entry was forced into the Motor City Auto building at 505 Tenney St. in Kewanee.

Upon gaining entry, the suspect or suspects removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the office area.

The location is in a high traffic area in Kewanee, situated on the corner of Tenney and Garfield streets, and authorities are hoping someone may have noticed something going on at the location.

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.

 

Thefts at Rural Kewanee Church

Henry County authorities are investigating a pair of thefts from the Church of Peace, located at 28358 N. 900 Ave., Kewanee.

The first theft occurred sometime between Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1, 2013. Two very large copper-colored planters and a white concrete bench were taken.

The second theft occurred sometime between Thursday, September 26 and Saturday, September 28, 2013. The compressors were removed from two large outside air conditioning units. Wires and copper lines were also cut.

Both of these thefts may have required more than one suspect to lift and load the items that were removed.

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.

Intruder Confronted In Geneseo Residence

Geneseo Suspect Sketch

On Monday September 9, 2013 at approximately 4:58 a.m. the Geneseo Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting an intruder in a residence in the 900 block of S. State St. The caller stated that an unknown male was in the residence and was taking items. Upon arrival officers observed items outside in the yard that appeared to be from inside the residence. Responding officers made contact with the victim caller and observed an open window that the suspect may have used to enter the residence. The victim reported waking to strange sounds within and upon checking found the suspect inside the residence. The male claimed that he had permission to be there. The victim left the suspect and went to another part of the house to call 9-1-1. The suspect fled the area prior to officers arriving on the scene.

The victim described the suspect as a white male, 5-10 to 6 ft. tall, with a medium build, wearing a blue and yellow striped shirt and khaki shorts. The suspect did not wear glasses and had no visible facial hair. A crime scene artist was called to assist with developing a “composite sketch” of the suspect.  The attached sketch was drawn by the crime scene artist based on the victim’s information.

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.

Image courtesy of the Geneseo Police Department

Thefts Reported in Geneseo

The Geneseo Police Department is investigating the thefts of electronic equipment from the IDC Tech Center in Geneseo, IL. Shortly after 2:00 PM on Monday, July 29, 2013, two subjects entered the store. One was a white male wearing a white t-shirt with a dark colored design on the front, with blonde or light colored hair cut short in a buzz cut type haircut. This suspect is shown below on the left as Suspect #1. The other subject was also a white male, wearing a long sleeved shirt, with a large build, short dark hair, and a full dark colored beard. This suspect is shown below on the right as Suspect #2.

Suspect #1 engaged the clerk in conversation, providing a distraction for Suspect #2, who began to walk around the store. Taking advantage of the distraction, Suspect #2 then placed a Nexus Tablet under his shirt and walked out of the store, followed by the first suspect. They may have left in a pickup truck.

Suspect #2 had been previously recorded on surveillance cameras and was possibly involved in another theft at the same store over the winter where a Toshiba computer was taken. On that occasion Suspect #2 was wearing a stocking cap and a brown winter jacket, as shown in the second image below..

Anyone with information about these thefts 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.

Suspect #1:                                                                Suspect #2

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All images are courtesy of the Geneseo Police Department

Fugitive Sought on Drug Charges

THIS FUGITIVE HAS BEEN APPREHENDED

 

As a result of an investigation in Geneseo, IL, authorities are seeking any information on the location of Jeffrey Ryan Blunk, a fugitive shown in the picture below. Blunk is described as a white male, 23 years old, 5 ft 7 inches tall, 140 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last known to be living in the Geneseo area, although he was last seen in Milan, IL on July 27, 2013 . He may also have shaved his head to alter his appearance.

On July 25, 2013 a search warrant was executed at 517 East Park St in Geneseo, IL by the Geneseo Police Department, assisted by the Henry County Special Operations Squad, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sterling Area Meth Lab Response Team, Black Hawk Task Force and the Geneseo Fire Department. Arrested as a result of that search warrant were Paula Blunk, described as Jeffrey’s mother, and Alexis Wyffels, all on drug charges related to Methamphetamine. Jeffrey Blunk was not present at the time of the search and has eluded efforts to locate him since that time.

A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for Jeffrey Ryan Blunk on charges related to this case, and there are other warrants also on file for him.

DO NOT APPROACH THIS FUGITIVE YOURSELF. He is considered dangerous by authorities. Anyone who has information on the location of Jeffrey Ryan Blunk is urged to contact Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324 if you are in or near Henry County, or the local Crime Stoppers tip line where you are located. If your tip leads to his arrest you could receive a cash reward. All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and confidential.

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Jeffrey Ryan Blunk, age 23

 

Guns Taken in Rural Orion Burglary

Henry County authorities are investigating a burglary reported early in the morning hours of Tuesday July 9, 2013. Two suspects forced entry to a rural Orion building and removed several guns worth several thousand dollars. Both the suspects and their vehicle were captured on security cameras and images are included below.

The suspects drove what appeared to be a mini-van or SUV. Both suspects appeared to be male. One was wearing a Dale Earnhardt, Jr. jacket with the large number “8” on it. The other suspect wore a lighter colored jacket and was possibly wearing glasses. As can be seen in the photos, both suspects obscured their faces.

Any time firearms are taken by criminals it raises the danger to both the public and to law enforcement. Anyone with information about this case 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.

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All images are courtesy of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office

Gun Thefts Worry Local Authorities

A pair of recent burglaries have local authorities concerned about the safety of both the public and law enforcement.

The first unsolved case comes from Galva, IL, where during the overnight hours of Tuesday, November 27 into Wednesday, November 28, 2012, a garage was entered in the northwest part of town and burglars took a handgun and two shotguns. A small-size tan sport-utility type vehicle was seen in the area, but authorites have no leads in this case.

Another unsolved case comes from Andover, IL, where sometime between Friday, January 11 and Sunday, January 13, 2013, burglars removed a semi-automatic “assault” style rifle and another smaller caliber rifle from a vehicle. Also taken were several accessories including a case and a bipod mount.

Any time firearms are taken by criminals it raises the danger to both the public and to those who serve them. Anyone with information about these cases 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.

Galva Shooting Investigation Continues

Local authorities are continuing their investigation into a late night shooting incident that occurred at around 11:00 PM on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 417 E. Division St. in Galva, IL. Two victims were transported to the hospital following  the incident. One has since been released and the other is still hospitalized. 
 
One suspect has been arrested in connection with this incident. Otha T. Anderson, 24, who lists an address of Billings, MT but who has reportedly lived in this area, was arrested on Sunday in Knox County on a charge of Home Invasion. Anderson was reportedly also being treated for injuries from this incident at a Galesburg hospital.
 
The Galva Police Department was assisted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police, both of whom are continuing to assist with the investigation.
 
Anyone with information about this incident 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.