Crime dominates Dunlap's attention

Stephanie Gomes

After last month’s Dunlap Village Board meeting, several trustees were stopped by police on their drives home.

That is because at about the same time the meeting wrapped up, there was a call to police about a person breaking into a garage near village hall.

“They followed me home, the sheriff did,” said village president Jack Fennel.

This firsthand account of increased crime in town led trustees to debate the problem once again during the board meeting Jan. 13.

And this time one concerned community member came to chime in.

Don Copple, a resident of Dunlap for 23 years, recently had his bow and arrow stolen from his vehicle parked in his driveway.

“In talking with some of the neighbors, they’ve also had several break-ins and robberies in their unlocked vehicles,” said Copple, who lives on Ash Street. “There’s got to be some action. ... It’s right there in my street.  And what you folks can do about it, I don’t know, but it’s pretty upsetting.”

Copple also cited other instances last month when he spotted two individuals wearing hoods running on his property. There has also been a suspicious dark blue pick-up truck parked on his street, he said.

Trustee Colleen Slane said since September there has been a total of nine reported car burglaries in Dunlap. In addition, the businesses Tailgaters and Not Your Average Joe have been broken in to.

See more on this story in this week's issue of the Peoria Times-Observer.