Rockford Scanner™: 6 individuals were arrested for a burglary





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During the week of January 21, 2019, six individuals were arrested for a burglary which occurred in rural Boone County.

Christopher Hernes, 20 years old of Belvidere, was charged with one count of Burglary (Class 2 Felony). Hernes remains in the Boone County Jail on a $50,000.00 (10%) bond.

Jordan Bush, 19 years old of Belvidere, was charged with one count Burglary (Class 2 Felony). Bush was released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $5,000.00 (10%) bond.

Anthony Schulter, 18 years old of Sycamore, was charged with one count Burglary (Class 2 Felony). Schulter was released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $5,000.00 (10%) bond.

Joseph Merema, 18 years old of Sycamore, was charged with one count Burglary (Class 2 Felony). Merema was released from the DeKalb County Jail after posting a $10,000.00 (10%) bond.

Two juveniles, a male and a female were also charged with one count of Burglary (Class 2 Felony) and one count of Theft (Class 4 Felony). Both juveniles were processed and released to their parents.

On December 09, 2018, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglary in the 10000 block of Loveridge Road, Garden Prairie. Multiple Tools and tractor parts were stolen from an outbuilding.

On January 18, 2019, after a six week investigation, Boone County Sheriff’s Detectives were able to obtain arrest warrants for the six individuals. Most of the property stolen was recovered by investigators.

The investigation continues and additional charges are possible. A class 2 felony is punishable by three (3) to seven (7) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. A class 4 felony is punishable by one (1) to three (3) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone having information on a crime or narcotic trafficking to call the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at 815-544-2144 or Crime Stoppers at 815-547-7867.

Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the State’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.






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