CAMBRIDGE -- Judge Charles "Casey" Stengel on Tuesday told a Tampico man he would accept a guilty plea if it included a 17-year prison sentence.
Robert Zais, 26, declined. Heis charged with two counts Class 2 felony theft, three counts Class 2 felony burglary and two counts Class 3 felony theft between last April and Aug. 13.
According to Henry County Circuit Court records, Mr. Zais and co-defendant Robert Lambert, 31, of Kewanee, allegedly stole four Gators from Holland & Son in Geneseo; an Arctic Cat utility vehicle from Mapes Asphalt in Geneseo; and several tools.
The men also allegedly broke into Annawan Express Lane in Annawan and stole an ATM containing $7,700 andbroke into People's National Bank of Kewanee in Annawan and took a safe containing rolls of coins valued at $500 to $10,000.
Henry County State's Attorney Terry Patton said the two men were stopped April 9 in Lee County pulling a trailer with one of the ATVs stolen from Holland & Son.
He said the day after the break-in at the Annawan bank, the Arctic Cat used to gain entry was found in a drainage ditch and footprints from the site matched shoes belonging to Mr. Lambert.
He said Mr. Zais' girlfriend said she overheard them talking about a bank job, and he showed her $3,200 in cash he said he won at a casino, but police learned he had not won money at the casino.
Both men remain in Henry County Jail. Mr. Zais bail was set at $400,000 and Mr. Lambert's at $250,000. Mr. Zais is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Nov. 27.Mr. Lambert's next court date is Dec. 13.
The judge's 17-year recommendation was made at the end of a conference held to determine if charges could be resolved by a guilty plea.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2013. There are 19 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Two boys who haul coal from Coal Valley to Davenport were arrested yesterday for running their teams through the city street at a furious rate. 1888 -- 125 years ago: E.H. Barker dislocated his left wrist and suffered a compound fracture of the right wrist when he fell from the roof of his icehouse. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Lou Harris was elected county superintendent of schools to fill the unexpired term of the late S.J. Ferguson. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a state must give equality in educational privileges to white and Negro law students. 1963 -- 50 years ago: About 300 employees of the Augustana Book Concern, staff members of the Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, as well as friends of the community and out-of-town guests honored Dr. Birger Swenson at the annual Christmas dinner of the Augustana Book Concern last night in Westerlin Hall on the Augustana College campus. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Christmas shopping season began early this year and continues to bring out shoppers in record numbers, according to Quad-Cities retailers interviewed today.