Police say a December crime spree has ended for two area men accused of making off with more than $10,000-worth of cash and property in Milan.
Christian Sean Hicks, 18, of Milan, is charged in Rock Island County Circuit Court with one count of residential burglary and five counts of burglary. Ashante Needs, 19, last known address of Rock Island, faces three counts of burglary and three counts of theft.
Milan Detective Chris George said the two worked together between Dec. 4 and Dec. 26, striking at night and into the early morning when they allegedly would force their way into businesses and seize cash,computer and stereo equipment, electronics, tools and other items.
The burglaries took place within a two-block radius, starting Dec. 4 at Hurst Manufacturing,827 9th St. W. Other burglaries were reported at Andalusia Road Veterinary Clinic,651 10th Ave. W.;Scamper Inn, 641 10th Ave. W.; a Milan residence while the homeowner was away; and twice at Therapeutic Oasis Massage Salon, 671 10th Ave. W.
Detective George said only some of the items have been recovered from area pawnshops.
Mr. Needs also faces felony counts of burglary and theft for allegedly breaking into two East Moline businesses on Dec. 27 and on Dec. 31.He is accused of stealing $800 in cash from Claudia's Barber and Beauty Salon, 703 17th Ave., and a computer, cash and a toy helicopter, estimated at $1,634 including damages, from Miter Joint,701 17th Ave., said East Moline Police Lt. Darren Gault.
"He was on a little bit of a crime spree," Lt. Gault said. "He was just kind of an opportunistic person — wherever he chose to target." Lt. Gault said none of the items have been recovered.
Mr. Needs and Mr. Hicks — whom Lt. Gault described as "friends" — also are believed to have been involved in several Davenport burglaries, according to a Milan Police news release.
Area police departments investigated the burglaries for five to six weeks before "mounting evidence" led them to pinpoint the two men, Lt. Gault said.
Mr. Hicks was arrested Jan. 1 and booked in the Scott County Jail, where he remained Wednesday on a $75,000 bond. Mr. Needs remains housed in the Rock Island County Jail on an $85,000 bond.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.