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 Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.