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 Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The street crossings on Washington and Jefferson are to be taken up immediately and underlaid with sand to raise above the level of the roadway before it freezes. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.O. Bean, father of W.H. Bean, grocer, was accidentally thrown from his wagon near the Rock Island bridge on the Arsenal and received severe cuts and bruises on his face and body. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Sgt. Birger F. Westergard, of the United States Marine Corps, has arrived in Rock Island to take charge of the local recruiting office. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Five cases of diphtheria at Lincoln School prompt the city physician, Dr. Edward DeSilva, to urge parents to have their children immunized, as he fears epidemic. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island Arsenal will have its own newspaper with the first edition scheduled to be published Friday, Dec. 13. The paper, which will carry advertising, will be published by Bawden Bros. Inc. of Davenport. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The New Year should ring a better Quad-Cities economy, according to a survey of people in business made by First National Bank of Moline. "Based on our survey, we see a bright outlook for 1989," said Richard M. Bishop, the bank's president.