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, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.