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Avoid car break-ins
Holiday seasons usually
bring out the best in people, but sometimes the holidays can also
bring out the worst. Over the past several weeks, the Lincoln Police
Department has been investigating several reports of car burglaries
within the city limits. To help reduce the risk of you being
victimized by someone, you can follow some of these steps and make
your holiday season the best ever.
While out shopping:
Find a parking space near a light.
Keep your holiday goodies in the trunk
so no one can see them.
Keep your purse, cell phone and change
out of view.
Lock your car.
Lock your car.
Take all valuables inside or out of
Don't leave compact disks or change in
Leave outside lights on.
Try to park near your lights.
Look into buying a car alarm.
While walking from store to car, always
have your keys ready.
Not only are your keys used for
starting your car, they are also a great safety weapon.
Know where your car is parked and go
right for it.
If you have a panic button for your
car, if you feel strange, use it.
Try not to carry more than you can
handle while walking from a store. If you need to make several
trips, do so.
tries to take your purse, let them have it; you have a family to go
[Timothy R. Butterfield,
community policing officer]
to the citizens who would prefer their holiday spirit unscathed by
Lincoln City Police have
been receiving continued reports of car break-ins. Most reports are
of criminal damage to property (vehicles) and theft. Most of the
reported incidents are occurring in the Angel Valley and the
Podunkville area. Some of the streets listed in the reports have
been Willamette, Oglesby, Madison, McDivitt, Short Eighth and
Eighth, and North Adams.
The criminals have most often had it
made easy for them by car owners leaving their cars unlocked. In
some cases thieves have been forced to take more risk and work a
little by using bricks and such to break windows.
So far their efforts are being pretty
well rewarded. Loot has included mostly a number of cell phones, CD
players, stereo systems and personal items left in the cars.
However, that wasn't quite enough for one thief; he, she or they
took the whole vehicle.
It should go without saying that you
should be practicing some practical procedures to protect yourself
and your valuables in this season as much as any other time of the
--Lock your cars.
--Don't leave valuables in an
--Park in well-lit areas.
--Be conscious of what is normal in
--Listen and watch out for each other.
--Call 9-1-1 if you suspect a criminal
activity in progress.
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You should be taking precautions in
your home as well. This includes simply locking all doors and
windows, especially when you are not at home. Turn lights on.
Nearby Peoria has had a rash of
peculiar incidents recently. Fire and rescue squads have reported an
increase in a particular type of rescue. They have been called out
to pull people out of chimneys. What do you suppose those people
were doing there? Hint: The chimney stuffer didn't live there.
some practical precautions, and perhaps you will avoid the distress
of becoming a theft victim.
Driver in Mount
Pulaski crash ticketed
The driver in a roll-over
accident that resulted in one fatality on Friday, Dec. 13, has been
ticketed with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and
driving under the influence of alcohol. Cody J. Tschantz, 22, of
Mount Pulaski was driving his '86 Dodge pickup heading eastbound
when he failed to negotiate the turn at the Route 54 spur in front
of Stahl's. The accident happened at 10:46 p.m.
A passenger in his vehicle, 21-year-old
David White, was declared dead at the scene by Logan County
coroner's staff at 11:40 p.m. Tschantz was taken to St. John's
Hospital in Springfield. His condition is not available at this
continues to be under investigation by the Logan County sheriff's
office, with Sgt. Wayne Hildebrandt leading the investigation. There
are still some interviews to conduct, and investigators will gather
evidences including accident reconstruction results from the state
of Illinois. Those results, with toxicology and pathology results
from the Logan County coroner, will be submitted to the Logan County
state's attorney, Tim Huyett.
A second single-vehicle accident on
Logan County Sheriff’s Department
personnel were called out to Route 121 again Saturday night for
another roll-over accident at 10:35 p.m., exactly 24 hours after the
Jason Fulk, 33, of Lincoln was heading
north when he failed to negotiate the curve at 1100th Avenue. His
Chevy P10 went into the ditch on the southbound side of Route 121
and rolled over at least two times before ending upright again.
ticketed for speeding and driving too fast for conditions.
Seat belt use up
The Lincoln Police
Department conducted a seat belt enforcement detail within the city
Nov. 14-30. The department is happy to announce that with the
combined efforts of the Illinois Department of Transportation and
local law enforcement the use of seat belts and child restraints has
increased since 2001.
The results during this enforcement
period are as follows:
--Speeding citations: 14
--Other moving citations: 14
--Seat belt citations: 53
--Suspended license: 1
--There were no citations written for
violating the child restraint laws.
During this enforcement detail, 70
vehicles were stopped by the Lincoln Police Department.
continue to encourage the motoring public to use safety belts and
child restraint devices while traveling.
[Officer Tim Butterfield,
Lincoln Police Department]
to Illinois sex offender information provided by the Illinois State
Searches available by city,
county, ZIP code and name.
age, address; date, charge; sentence
(Week ending 12-20-02)
(Week ending 12-20-02)
Jessica J. Sutton, Lincoln
Sue Barger, Lincoln
T. Cicci, Lincoln
Cheryl A. Frick, Lincoln
Johnny R. Otto, Lincoln
Kimberly A. Otto, Mason City
Michael L. Shane, Menard
Margaret M. Shane, Lincoln
Patrick B. Hake, Lincoln
Andrea C. Hake, Champaign
Johnny R. Stagnolia, Clinton
Rachel R. Stagnolia, Lincoln
Most Wanted is brought to you by the Logan County Sheriff's
Department. If you know the whereabouts of any of these suspects or
have any information about them, please call the Logan County
Sheriff's Department at (217) 732-4159. Do not attempt to approach or
speak to any suspect. The suspects presented here are just that,
suspects. They are not guilty until convicted in a court of law.
(217) 732-4159 with any information.
(217) 732-4159 with any information.
WITH ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THESE INCIDENTS OR ANY OTHER CRIME IN THE
LINCOLN/LOGAN COUNTY AREA IS URGED TO CALL "CRIME STOPPERS" AT
732-3000 OR E-MAIL AT firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL AND YOU MAY REMAIN
ANONYMOUS. IF YOUR INFORMATION LEADS TO THE ARREST OF THE PERSON(S)
INVOLVED, "CRIME STOPPERS" WILL PAY YOU A CASH REWARD UP TO
STOPPERS" HAS AN ANSWERING MACHINE TO ANSWER YOUR CALLS. THIS
IS TO PROTECT YOU IF YOU WISH TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS (YOUR CALLS CANNOT BE
TRACED WITH THE MACHINE). YOU NEED TO LET US KNOW HOW YOU CAN BE
CONTACTED ABOUT THE INCIDENT, OR YOU MUST WATCH TO SEE IF THE SUBJECT
HAS BEEN ARRESTED. THIS IS SO WE CAN MAKE A PAYOUT.
in Brian Bobb death
[OCT. 2, 2002]
Crime Stoppers is issuing a request
for information in the death of Brian Bobb. People who think they
may have information may contact either the Logan County sheriff's
office at (217) 732- 4151 or Logan County Crime Stoppers at (217)
Tips can be made anonymously.
People providing tips
that lead to an arrest can receive up to $1,500 cash.
before 9:22 a.m. on Dec. 15, 2001, a Chevrolet Cavalier was taken
without the owner's permission from the 200 block of Latham Street
in Lincoln. The vehicle was later found stuck in the mud at the
Sportsman's Club. Crime Stoppers is asking for information as to
who had taken the vehicle.
Sometime before 9:11 a.m. on July 21, a
burglary occurred at Lincoln Junior High School, 208 Broadway St. in
Lincoln. Unknown person(s) broke a window on the third floor and
gained access to the building. Unknown person(s) went through the
school and caused damage and vandalism to the school property.
Sunday night and early Monday morning, March 18 and 19, someone
stole items from five different Lincoln vehicles.
first vehicle was parked at a residence on the 1800 block of Pekin.
A $175 radar detector was taken from the car.
one of the Lincoln Christian College parking lots, change was stolen
from an automobile.
the 200 block of Mayfield, several items totaling $75 were stolen
from a car parked at the owner's residence: a book binder, school
books, homework, a calculator, a learner's permit and some change.
next vehicle was parked inside a garage on the 900 block of N.
McLean. The owner remembers locking the garage door. A portable CD
player, which is worth about $100, was taken from the vehicle.
last theft was from a car parked at the owner's residence. A $50
AM/FM CD player was stolen.
are no suspects at this time, but due to the timing of the crimes it
is believed that they may be connected. If you have any information
about these thefts, please contact the Lincoln Police Department at
732-2151, or Crime Stoppers at 732-3000.
series of thefts in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 15,
is under investigation. There are no suspects yet, but police
believe that one person or group is responsible for all of the
first vehicle, a pickup truck, parked at the owner's residence in
the 500 block of Tremont, was entered through the rear sliding door.
It is estimated that $400 worth of property was stolen: a radio,
duffle bag, four clothing items, prescription sunglasses, two
flashlights and a disposable camera.
second vehicle had an AM/FM CD player stolen. To gain entry, the
suspects forced entry to the side door of the '93 Jeep, which was
parked in front of the owner's residence in the 300 block of
Tremont. The radio is worth about $100.
cars were broken into in a residential parking lot on the 100 block
of S. Logan St. One vehicle, a truck, had a CD player removed; the
suspects removed the dash cover to take the $200 unit.
other vehicle, a van, had a radar detector removed. The detector is
worth about $100.
you have any information about these crimes, please contact the
Lincoln Police Department at 732-2151 or Crime Stoppers at 732-3000.
On Feb. 19, 2001, between 6 and 8:15
p.m. unknown person(s) placed an unknown substance on a 1999
Cadillac parked at the Mount Pulaski grade school. The grade school
is located at 200 N. Garden Street in Mount Pulaski. The substance
caused extensive damage to the paint on the vehicle. The Mount
Pulaski Police Department, (217) 792-5018, and the Lincoln/Logan
County Crime Stoppers are requesting anyone with any information to
On Jan. 16, 2001,
a possible arson occurred at 127
N. Kickapoo St. (the old
Scully Building) in Lincoln. The possible arson was
reported at approx. 7:12 p.m. on that date. Anyone with any information
about this incident who may have seen anything or anyone in the area of
the building is asked to contact the Lincoln Police Department,
Lincoln Fire Department or Crime Stoppers.
On Jan. 12, 2001, sometime between
6 and 9 p.m., a burglary occurred on Mayfair Drive in Lincoln. Unknown
person(s) forced open a garage door and
entered the residence. Unknown person(s) looked through dresser drawers
and a closet. Taken from the residence were several shotguns, a
cellular phone and a camera.
between Nov. 23 and Nov. 27, 2000, unknown person(s) entered a residence
on the west side of Lincoln. Unknown person(s) forced entry to the
residence and went through it. Several items of jewelry where taken,
along with a laptop computer and an unknown amount of U.S. currency.
- Sometime between Nov. 13 and
Nov. 14, 2000, unknown person(s) forced entry to the Plaza Wash and Lube
at 2821 Woodlawn Road in Lincoln. Unknown person(s) broke a window on a
door on the east side of the building. Unknown person(s) entered the
office area and took an assortment of U.S. currency and some product
coupons. Estimated damage to the door was around $70.
These are totals from the
inception of the program Aug. 1, 1983.
amount of drugs and merchandise recovered:
Dollar amount paid
out for rewards:
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