Originally Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2013, 7:46 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 21, 2013, 9:13 am

Davenport teens arrested in connection with string of burglaries

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

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Shane Dean Smeltzer, 18; Joshua Lane Hayes, 19; and Brandon Alan Barnett, 19, all of Davenport.
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Shane Dean Smeltzer
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Joshua Lane Hayes
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Brandon Alan Barnett

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.