The Rock Island County Sheriff's Department and Moline Police Department are investigating two Wednesday home invasions, one on Big Island in Milan and one on 12th Street Court in Moline.
Police have not linked the two incidents.
After a Wednesday afternoon chase, Moline police arrested Ortiz O. Marangeli, 26, and Luis Madera- Martinez, 29, both reportedly from Texas, in connection with the incident in the 3500 block of 12th Street Court. Police said a third person remains at large.
About 1 p.m., police received a report that a white, four-door sports utility vehicle had pulled up outside the brick, one-story home and two males got out of the vehicle and forced their way in through the front door of the house, Detective Scott Williams said at the scene.
"They must have been watching, because as soon as the cop was responding here, he saw them run out the back door and run up through the woods," Detective Williams said, pointing to a wooded area behind the house.
About eight police officers searched the woods and apprehended two men a short time later, but the driver of the SUV drove off and still was not in police custody as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
Glass was broke out of the front door of the house. It's unknown whether anything was taken.
A neighbor who declined to give his name said he was shocked the incident occurred in broad daylight. He said a family with children lived in the house.
No one was in the house when the break-in occurred. A man who arrived shortly after declined to comment.
At 11:42 a.m. Wednesday, a break-in was reported in the 2800 block of 54th Ave. West, Milan. Rock island County Sheriff's Department deputies were told two masked men armed with a gun entered the one-story house and took three firearms before fleeing.
There was no report of injuries to the lone occupant of the residence.
Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office at (309) 558-3414 or Crime Stoppers at (309) 762-9500.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.