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MAY AND JUNE 2012 POLICE BEAT

*A vehicle being driven by Thomas Swinson of Taylorville was stopped on 05/05/12 at 1:50p.m. for an alleged speeding violation.  During the stop the officer it was reported that Swinson was driving on a suspended driver’s license.

*Steven Yocius, of Springfield, was stopped on 05/11/12 at 9:45a.m.  Yocius was ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

*On 05/10/12, at 6:00p.m. officers were sent to a residence in the 500 block of Oak Hills Road.  The complainant told officers that her grandson had come home and had become angry.  She reported that he threw things around the residence and punched several holes in a wall before leaving.  The complainant did not want to pursue charges, but wanted officers to inform her grandson that he could not return to the residence.

*A dog belonging to a subject who resides in the 100 block of Willow Street bit an individual on 05/13/12 at about 7:30p.m.  The victim reported she was walking her dog when two pit bulls came running towards her dog and she.  One of the pit bulls bit her on her leg.  She was treated at the hospital and released.  The owner of the dogs, Brad Heinrich, was cited for the reported violations of the animal ordinance.

*On 05/21/12, at about 8:00p.m. a subject reported that her son’s bicycle had been stolen while he had been playing in the Community Park.  He had placed the bike in the grass while he played on the playground equipment.  When he returned to retrieve the bicycle it was gone.  The bike was described as a 16 inch yellow Honda Hummer bicycle valued at $200.

*A resident of the 400 block of Mill Street reported to police that he had several checks stolen from his residence sometime during the month of May.  Although the checks were from a closed account, the suspect was still able to cash the checks totaling $350.  The victim was able to provide the police with suspect information.  Following an investigation, a report was forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

*Following a vehicle stop on 05/26/12 at about 10:30 a.m. the driver of the vehicle, Jessica Cox, of Virginia, was arrested.  It was reported that Cox was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Greene County authorities.

*A vehicle being driven by Gene Sagle, of Berry, was stopped on Route 29 on 05/28/12, at 5:00p.m. Officers had been alerted by another motorist of erratic driving being displayed by Sagle.  Sagle was eventually arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

*A resident of North Walnut Street reported that her car had been burglarized and several items had been stolen.  The burglary occurred sometime around May 28th as the car was parked in the driveway of the resident.  There were no signs of forced entry as the doors had been left unlocked.  Stolen from the vehicle were a laptop computer, an IPad II, and a black carrying case.  An investigation into this burglary eventually resulted in suspect information.  The computer and IPad were recovered and returned to the owner.  A report was forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

*Brenda Roach, of Mechanicsburg, was stopped on 05/30/12, at 7:40a.m.  Roach was cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

*A vehicle being driven by Joshua Willard of Pawnee was stopped on 06/04/12, at 2:00p.m.  Officers were told that Willard had been driving while his license was revoked.

*On 06/08/12, at 11:10a.m. a vehicle being driven by Helen Shride of Taylorville.  Shride was eventually taken into custody as officers learned that she was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities.

*James Beall, of Springfield, was cited for allegedly driving on a revoked license on 06/10/12, at 10:00a.m.

Criminal Incidents

Burglary from Vehicle – 1; Burglary from Residence – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Forgery – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Identity Theft – 1; Illegal Possession of Alcohol – 1; Theft – 2; Violation of Order of Protection – 1; Warrant Arrest – 2

Traffic Incidents

Accident Investigations – 5; DUI – 2; Hit and Run – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Operating Uninsured Vehicle – 29; Miscellaneous Violations – 5; No Drivers License – 1; No Registration – 2; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding – 30; Suspended/Revoked Drivers – 12; Warnings – 141

Calls For Service

Animal Related Calls – 7; Assist Other Police Agencies – 39; Assist Other Govt. Agency – 19; Building /Business Checks – 112; Burglar Alarm – 7; Citizen Assist – 65; Disturbance – 9; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; School Programs – 5; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 10; Vacation Watches -- 359

Reminder:

During the past several weeks officers who have been working the late night shifts have observed numerous open garage doors throughout the community.  The department would like to encourage residents to secure their overhead garage doors and side doors before going to bed.  The last time we had a rash of burglaries in the community suspects gained entry to the residences through unlocked/unsecured garage doors.  Many of these incidents occurred during the late night/early morning hours.

Thank you for your help with this issue!