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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • A night of Tremont car burglaries

  • Three young Morton men told police they came to Tremont simply to take a walk along its quiet streets in the middle of the night.With a few more questions based on evidence and a witness, one of the men said he served as lookout while the others burglarized about 35 vehicles throughout the village last weekend....
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  • Three young Morton men told police they came to Tremont simply to take a walk along its quiet streets in the middle of the night.
    With a few more questions based on evidence and a witness, one of the men said he served as lookout while the others burglarized about 35 vehicles throughout the village last weekend.
    They were charged in Tazewell County Circuit Court this week with two counts each of burglary and one of possession of a stolen firearm, a rusty shotgun in its case that its owner said came from his pickup truck.
    Scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings April 25 are Justin McMahon, 20, of 313 N. Nebraska Ave., Randy Christianson, 19, of 500 Pierce St., and Jacob Lane, of 146 Crestwood Drive. All three were released on bonds ranging from $50,000 for McMahon to $2,000 for Christianson.
    The alleged thieves might have left town without a trail if they hadn't made enough noise to alert one victim who was awake before dawn last Saturday.
    Frank Hendrickson helped police catch the suspects -- and briefly caught one himself -- after he heard voices outside his house in the 300 block of Madison Street. He looked outside to see his parked car's door open and its dome light on, then chased and caught Lane as he fled from the car, according to a prosecutor's court affidavit.
    Hendrickson let Lane go when McMahon and Christianson walked towards him, he said, but he didn't give up his pursuit.
    Hendrickson jumped into his car and drove until he spotted the three in a Jeep. He called the police with descriptions of the three and their vehicle, then identified them after a county sheriff's deputy stopped them, the affidavit stated.
    In the vehicle was a "large number of items," including the shotgun that Hendrickson had seen Lane carrying, it stated. McMahon's pockets were filled with loose change.
    McMahon and Lane first told a Tremont officer the three were just walking around town until, Lane said, they were confronted by Hendrickson. Christianson told a different story.
    The three had met at a residence in Peoria where McMahon was staying and drove in Lane's vehicle to Tremont, where Lane entered about 25 vehicles and McMahon about 10 as he watched out for trouble, Christianson said.
    Lane and McMahon then accused each other of taking the shotgun from a pickup truck in the 400 block of East South Street. Its owner was called to identify and retrieve the weapon.
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