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, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.