Rochester Police Beat May/June 2017
On May 4th, officers were notified by a parent of an identity theft that happened during a high school event. The daughter’s debit card information was used to purchase goods off the internet and sent to another student’s address. The purchase was cancelled before it was shipped and money was refunded. No charges were filed.
On May 9th, an officer noticed a vehicle parked at the Rochester Community Park at approximately 2:12 am. He was able to locate two juveniles at the park in the pavilion. Both were turned over to their legal guardians.
On May 11th, John Rosa of Taylorville was stopped for an expired and suspended registration. Rosa’s vehicle was towed and he received a citation for the violation.
On May 13th, Melissa Beaston of Springfield was stopped for an expired registration. Beaston had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on several warrants. Beaston was issued a citation for driving while license suspended and was arrested for the warrants and transported to Sangamon County Jail.
On May 14th, an officer responded to a residential burglary in the 400 block of Lexington where a firearm, firearm equipment and ammunition were taken. The investigation is ongoing.
On May 14th, an officer was notified by a resident of Woodland drive they had received an intimidating letter in the mail. The anonymous letter claimed the recipient made racial comments towards a neighbor. The claim was not substantiated.
On May 15th, officers stopped Ravyn England of Springfield for driving while license suspended. England gave the officers identification that was not hers. England was arrested for driving while license suspended and obstructing identification. She was cited for operating an uninsured vehicle. Her vehicle was driven from the scene by a valid driver and England was transported to Sangamon County Jail.
On May 22nd, officer responded to the 400 block of Sattley in reference to a dog bite. A juvenile had attempted to retrieve a ball from between his fence and a fenced owned by a neighbor. The neighbor’s dog allegedly jumped up and bit the juvenile on the leg leaving an impression on the skin but not drawing any blood. Sangamon County Animal Control was notified for follow up.
On May 26th, Dennis Shannon of Rochester was stopped for no registration light, one headlight and an expired registration. Shannon was cited for driving with suspended license plates, operating an uninsured vehicle and not having a driver’s license on his person. Shannon’s vehicle was towed from the scene.
On May 27th, Richard Gallas of Riverton was cited for driving while license was suspended. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.
On May 27th, an officer responded to the 700 block of Burberry for a disturbance. Resident stated he met with a female to give her money he owed her when she began acting strange. They allegedly had physical altercation that continued on the roadway. He stated she cut him off and got out of her car to further the disturbance. It was determined to have taken place outside of our jurisdiction and referred to the appropriate agency.
On May 29th, an officer responded to the 500 block of E. Main for a burglary to motor vehicle. The residence purse was taken from her vehicle and dumped in a neighbor’s yard in the 600 block of E. Main. All items of value were recovered.
On May 29th, an officer responded to the 500 block of E. Mill for a burglary to motor vehicle. The resident noticed her purse had been dumped out in the passenger seat. The rear door was not latched. She was uncertain if the vehicle was locked the night before. Several identification cards for her and her family along with several debit and credit cards were taken.
On May 30th, an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of E. Mill for a residential burglary. The resident had returned home from vacation and realized money was taken from a drawer in their kitchen. Their safe had been broken into but nothing else was taken.
On May 31st, an officer ran a vehicle’s license plate through his in-car computer; the registration came back with the registered owner having a suspended driver’s license. Justin Miller of Stonington was cited for driving while license suspended. His passenger was valid and drove the vehicle from the scene.
On June 3rd, an officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Pleasant Ln. for a motor vehicle theft. At 6:00 a.m. the resident noticed his vehicle was missing. A neighbor stated she heard the truck start up at 5:00 and take off down the road at a high rate of speed. Inside the vehicle was a briefcase and currency the resident had brought home from his business. The vehicle was not locked and the keys were contained with in the vehicle. At approximately, 1:40 p.m. the vehicle was recovered in a field in Springfield. The vehicle was taken back to Rochester Police Department to be processed for evidence. Partial prints were recovered off the vehicle by the Illinois State Police and the vehicle was released back to its owner. The investigation is on-going.
On June 3rd, an officer responded to Taft Ln. for a burglary from motor vehicle. Resident stated sometime overnight unknown subject(s) entered three of their vehicles. One pair of “Beats” headsets was taken from one of the vehicle. No forced entry. Vehicles were unlocked.
On June 3rd, an officer responded to Taft Ln. for a burglary from motor vehicle. Resident stated a purse and its’ contents of wallet, currency, credit cards were taken. No forced entry. Vehicle was unlocked.
On June 3rd, an officer responded to the 400 block of E. Mill St. A vehicle was left unlocked and its glove box had been gone through. Nothing appeared to be missing.
On June 3rd, an officer responded to the 400 block of E. Mill St. for a burglary to motor vehicle. The resident advised the vehicle was left unlocked and a camouflage camping bag filled with survival gear, a handheld GPS and a large knife had been taken.
On June 4th, an officer was dispatched to Taft Ln. for a burglary to motor vehicle. The resident advised he was looking through is vehicle and noticed his Kabar stainless steel knife with leather sheath and handle was stolen. He noticed his glove box had been rummaged through but nothing else was missing. The resident believes his truck was left unlocked.
On June 6th, an officer was dispatched to Karen Rose in reference to reckless driving. The individual verbally threatened his neighbors and hit a baseball at them. When officer arrived he threw the bat out of the garage and shut himself inside his house. Charges of aggravated assault, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct are being pursued.
On June 7th, an officer was dispatched to the 4800 block of Oakhill Rd. to take an assault report. During a meeting, an employee made threatening statements and tried to lunge at another employee. The employee was terminated and told not to return to the property. No criminal charges are being pressed at this juncture.
On June 8th at 2:32 a.m., an officer responded to a loud noise complaint on the 700 block of Heathrow. The officer made contact with the individuals informing them of the complaint and asked them to be courteous to their neighbors and take it in for the evening. The individuals complied.
On June 10th, an officer was dispatched to Roanoke in reference to a hit and run on a mailbox. A paperboy had noticed a mailbox was damaged and a side mirror of a vehicle was with the mailbox. The neighbor’s vehicle was missing its’ driver’s side mirror. The owner of the vehicle stated he hit the mailbox and paid for the damages.
On June 12th, an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of E. Mill in reference to a theft. A resident stated her Waste Management trash receptacle was taken from her residence. She was billed $90.00 for the lost container.
On June 16th, an officer ran a vehicle’s license plate through his in-car computer. The registered owner came back with a suspended driver’s license. Deanna Durbin of Taylorville was cited for driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.
On June 18th, an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Twin Oaks in reference to a disturbance. A BMW followed an SUV to Twin Oaks after it was not allowed to merge at the Spaulding Dam Bridge. The driver wanted to address the SUV about this incident. The driver yelled about who would have paid if there had been an accident but no threat was made. Both parties were talked to about the incident and the proper way to handle it.
On June 20th, an officer responded to Oak Grove to take a telephone harassment report. An individual alleged an acquaintance of hers compromised her Snapchat account and was sending past photo’s of her with degrading captions and calling her. She was advised to get an order of protection/no contact order. Snapchat was sent a request to deactivate the account.
On June 27h, an individual came to the police department to make a report of illegal dumping in the 200 block of N. Walnut St. Allegedly on June 24th a black 4 door Volkswagen dumped a car’s load of trash into a dumpster on private property.
On June 28th, an officer responded to the 100 block of E. Mill in reference to criminal damage. Storage units at an apartment building had been allegedly broken into. A witness stated there was a black truck with a masked individual in it. Several people were outside who did not notice a black truck or masked individual. Three of the four storage units suffered damage. Nothing appeared to be missing.
On June 29th at approximately 9:30 p.m., an officer noticed two vehicles and several people in the Rochester High school back parking lot. Allegedly, five juveniles were gathered around a cooler in the back of a truck bed. A can of beer was in plain view on the tool box of the truck. All of the remaining beer was dumped out. Parents were notified and the juveniles were turned over to their parents’ custody. A report documenting the incident was generated.
Criminal Sexual Assault - 1; Assault -2; Burglary - 3; Burglary from Motor Vehicle- 8; Theft - 2; Motor Vehicle Thefts – 2; Identity Theft –3; Criminal Trespass to Vehicle – 2; Possession of Controlled Substance – 1; Possession of Marijuana – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Illegal Possession of Alcohol by a Minor – 1; Telephone Harassment – 2; False Police Reports – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Obstruction - 1; Mischievous conduct – 1
Accident Investigations – 6; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses –6; No Registration – 3; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 4; No Drivers License – 3; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Speeding – 41; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 9; Traffic Details – 3; Warnings Issued –94; Illegal Parking -1; Hit and Run – 1; Reckless Driving – 2
Calls for Service
Animal Related Calls – 12; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 17; Assist Other Police Agency – 59; Assist Schools – 7; Assist Fire Department – 25; Building / Business Checks – 58; Burglar Alarms – 9; Citizen Assists – 142; Disturbance – 12; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting – 3 ; Lost articles – 5 ; Mental Cases – 2; Motorist Assists – 21; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 26; Runaway – 1; Curfew - 1; Vacation Watches – 163