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 Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.