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, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.