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, May 22, the 142nd day of 2013. There are 223 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Large quantities of ice from LaCrosse and Lake Pepin are beingshipped on ice boats, towed by steamers to St. Louis and points below. 1888 -- 125 years ago: With the Mississippi River at 18 feet above the low water stage,Rock Island is waging a valiant fight to keep the river from flooding the entire city. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Approval has been given by the city commission for paving 45thStreet between 7th and 11th Avenues. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Herndon Wright, of East Moline, has won the discus-throw title, by aheave of more than 140 feet, to set a new high school record at Champaign. 1963 -- 50 years ago: With the Selective Service Law recently extended by Congress forfour more years, Mrs. Hazel Doris reminded young men that they must register withinfive days after attaining their 18th birthday. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Over 500 Quad-Cities area retired volunteers were honoredrecently for their community services at a Retired Senior Volunteer Program luncheonat Palmer Auditorium in Davenport. Guest speaker, William Moffitt, director of productengineering of Deere & Co., spoke about leadership and stressed the importance ofcommunity volunteers.