MCDONOUGH COUNTY, Ill. (NEWS3) — Local law enforcement released more information about recent shed burglaries that happened in multiple counties.
Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards announced Wednesday, deputies arrested Tom Harmon, 39, of Burlington, Iowa. Edwards said deputies noticed a suspicious vehicle, a silver Chevy Impala, near a machine shed in rural Warren County near the McDonough County line early Tuesday. Edwards said Harmon was arrested after an investigation.
McDonough County Sheriff Nick Petitgout released Thursday, Harmon is connected to a burglary of a machine shed that happened Jan. 11 at 21654 E. 200th St. in rural Blandinsville. Petitgout said the owner watched a person on their live surveillance video break into their shed. He said deputies were unable to find the suspect or the vehicle, a silver Chevy Impala. According to the press release, Harmon stole roughly $14,000 worth of tools from the shed.
Detectives from McDonough County Sheriff’s Office, Macomb Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Burlington Police Department, and Henderson County Sheriff’s Office have recovered more than $100,000 worth of stolen property in Burlington, IA, Des Moines County, IA, and Henderson County, Ill.
Police believe Harmon is also responsible for another burglary months ago along the same road in rural Blandinsville. Petitgout said a second suspect has been identified and more charges are pending.
Harmon is pending charges with Macomb Police, McDonough County Sheriff’s Office and Burlington Police. Harmon is being held in the Warren County Jail charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools, with bond set at $20,000.