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|Knoxville Helps Investigate Rash of Knox County Burglaries
|ORIGINALLY REPORTED 8am 1/8/13 Knoxville police are following several solid leads at this time in a joint effort with Knox County Deputies regarding the weekend of December 15th and 16th where a string of 30 break-ins were reported in the Altona area.
The break-ins moved around the area from Altona to Galva to Knoxville and Henderson.
Police had no suspects--that is until last Monday morning when they caught a lucky break.
Knoxville Police Chief Ron Poyner told the Knoxville City Council Monday that break was big in part because of one of their own officers.
"Lieutenant [Don] Ryner actually deserves the credit," Poyner said, "because he had the first call about 3:30 in the morning last Monday morning. While he was on the scene, he saw a set of footprints where the first complainant told him he saw some people. Those footprints didn't seem like they should be there. They struck [Lt. Ryner] as unusual. He followed these footprints. A few yards away he starts seeing TV remote controls, and he says, 'What's unusual about this picture?'"
The officer found a flat screen t.v along the road followed by another one and as he followed the trail of missing items he noticed a car that he did not recognize.
Officers were able to obtain a license plate number that lead to a name and address.
Knox County Deputies were contacted and information about the car and license plate went out to the surrounding areas.
Last Wednesday another Knoxville officer spotted the car in question outside the Dick Blick arts supplies store.
The police cannot confirm at this time if all the break-in's are connected. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information should call the Galesburg-Area CrimeStoppers Hotline.
|01 08 13 by Newsroom
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