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, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat came up to her dock yesterday and was punching away at the ice, which is crowded up against the Iowa shore. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.C. Bromley, of Rock Island, has received a patent on a steam activated valve. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Major. C.W. Hawes, head clerk of the Modern Woodmen of America, was honored by department chiefs on his 73rd birthday 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mayor Robert Galbraith declared that 75 percent of the people here have talked to "favor construction of Rock Island's new city hall in Spencer Square." 1964 -- 50 years ago: C.H. Langman & Sons, Rock Island, has been awarded the general contract for partial rehabilitation and modernization of the main building at the East Moline State Hospital. The Langman firm bid $424,839. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The cost of living in the Quad-Cities is 6.8 percent less than the average of 260 metropolitan areas.