Originally Posted Online: March 25, 2013, 6:04 pm
Last Updated: March 25, 2013, 6:14 pm

June trial set for men accused of taking ATVs, ATM in Henry County

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CAMBRIDGE -- Two men made appearances in Henry County circuit court Monday related to ATM and ATV thefts.

Robert Lambert, 31, of Kewanee and Robert Zais, 26, of Tampico are charged with two counts of Class 2 felony theft, three counts of Class 2 felony burglary and two counts of Class 3 felony theft.

At Monday's status hearing, Judge Robert Zimmer and attorneys for the men set a May 7 date to continue motions to suppress evidence. A backup motion date of May 17 also was set, with a tentative jury trial date the week of June 3.

Judge Zimmer denied a defense motion for a bill of particulars last week, but rulings on other motions were continued.

According to circuit court files, the two men are alleged to have taken four all-terrain John Deere Gators, valued at between $10,000 and $100,000, from Holland and Son on U.S. 6 East in Geneseo last April.

The charges also allege that on or about June 13, the two men entered Mapes Asphalt at 212 Smith St., Geneseo and allegedly took an Arctic Cat utility vehicle and numerous tools with a value of between $10,000 and $100,000.

They also are alleged to have entered Annawan Express Lane at 306 N. Canal St. (Illinois 78) in Annawan on June 26 intending to commit a theft. They are alleged to have taken an ATM machine owned by Mike Zolli containing $7,700.

Court records also indicate the men are believed to have entered People's National Bank of Kewanee's branch at 111 N. Canal St., Annawan with the intent to commit a theft on Aug. 13. A final count alleges they took a safe containing coins with a value between $500 and $10,000, from the bank branch.

Both remain in custody at the Henry County Jail.