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 Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.