Three area men are facing criminal charges after police say they broke into an East Moline car dealership, doing $10,000 worth of damage to two vehicles and stealing several thousand dollars worth of car accessories.
Ean E. Curry, 21, of 1453 18th Ave., Rock Island; Mason A. Elliott, 20, of Milan; and Rodney Lawrence Hanneman, 24, of 9101 141st St. West, TaylorRidge, each face a felony count of burglary in Rock Island County Circuit Court.
Mr. Curry and Mr. Hanneman also face three counts of criminal damage to property.
They are scheduled for Feb. 26 preliminary hearings and remained in Rock Island County Jail Wednesday evening -- Mr. Hanneman on a $50,000 bond, Mr. Curry on a $40,000 bond and Mr. Elliott on a $25,000 bond.
East Moline Police Lt. Darren Gault said the three are charged in connection with a Feb. 12 incident at Reynolds Ford, 1900 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline. They allegedly used a bull cutter to snip a wire fence and damaged the exteriors of a 2012 Ford 150 and 2006 Dodge Ram.
They then allegedly broke into a 1998 Ford Mustang and stole various car parts, wheels, tires and stereos before fleeing in their own vehicle.
Lt. Gault estimated the value of the stolen car parts at about $1,000 and the stereos at about $3,000."I think they were interested in reselling some of them as well as using them for scrap resale value," he said.
The three men were arrested Monday in Rock Island. Police searchedMr. Curry's Rock Island home and allegedly discovered several stolen items, according to the East Moline Police Department.
Lt. Gault said the three are believed to have taken car parts, wheels, tires and stereos from Courtesy Car City, Moline, on Saturday, and Green Chevrolet, East Moline, on Feb. 3.
He said charges are pending on those incidents, and the investigation is ongoing.
Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.