Davenport police arrested three teenagers on Sunday in connection with 35 commercial burglaries in the area during the past seven weeks.
Charged with multiple felony counts are Brandon Alan Barnett, 19; Shane Dean Smeltzer, 18; and Joshua Lane Hayes, 19, all of Davenport.
Undercover detectives from Davenport's Tactical Operations Bureau made the initial arrest about 1 a.m., and with assistance from the Criminal Investigation Bureau, conducted interviews, executed five search warrants and recovered a .45-caliber handgun and property or evidence from 32 commercial burglaries in Davenport, two in Eldridge and one in Scott County, dating back to late November, Assistant Police Chief Donald Schaeffer said in a news release.
Mr. Hayes was charged with six counts of third-degree burglary, interference with official acts, third-degree criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to the arrest report.
Mr. Smeltzer was charged with six counts of third-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit a felony. Mr. Barnett was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief, police said.
The businesses burglarized between Nov. 30 and Jan. 15 include Tri State Engine Service, 3139 W. 73rd St.; Midwest Seafood, 5406 Sheridan St.; Red Hawk Golf Course, 6364 Northwest Blvd.; Elliott Equipment, 3100 W. 76th St.; Dance Works, 2411 W. Central Park Ave.; and Dee's Enchanted Inn, 4815 S. Concord St., according to arrest reports.
The reports do not detail what property was stolen. The police are continuing theinvestigation, and additional charges may be filed at a later date. All three men were being held Sunday night at Scott County Jail on bonds of at least $10,000 each.
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.