CAMBRIDGE -- Judge Charles "Casey" Stengel on Tuesday found probable cause to proceed with trial for two men charged with defrauding a Geneseo store out of $1,500 worth of cigarettes.
Duane Oliver and Terence Richardson, both 22, addresses unavailable, allegedly schemed to climb to the roof of the Hometown Express in Geneseo, cover the satellite antenna for credit card transactions and buy the cigarettes before the store got the report back that the transaction was no good, according to testimony from Geneseo Police Detective Sean Johnson.
Detective Johnson said a piece of aluminum foil was found on the roof near the satellite dish. Suspecting it was the type of crime that could occur up and down the Interstate 80 corridor, Geneseo police learned a Grundy County officer was investigating a similar incident and two men were in custody in the Livingston County Jail.
Detective Johnson said when he interviewed the two in Livingston County, Mr. Richardson confessed, and that Mr. Oliver and a third man who he knew only as "Kenny" also were involved.
The two men are in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections. A Dec. 13 pretrial hearing was set.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.