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 Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.