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, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.