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 Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.