Effingham Burglary May be Tied to Series of Incidents

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Published on May 2 2012 6:43 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

A break-in at an Effingham business early Monday morning may be related to a series of similar incidents up and down I-57 in the state.

Effingham city police were called to the AT&T store at 1300 Thelma Keller Boulevard at 5:59am Monday.  A surveillance video shows that a van carrying at least two people and up to four people had pulled up to the store, which was closed at the time, and two people got out and busted out the front door. 

City Police Detective Aaron Lange today said he doesn't believe the suspects took any merchandise as it was locked up.  The men got back in the van and left the scene.

On Tuesday, Tuscola police said a van smashed into a business in their community and the men in the vehicle fled the scene.  Lange said it's believed the van involved in Tuesday's crime in Tuscola is the same one spotted in the video in Effingham on Monday.

Lange said the van was stolen from northern Illinois, perhaps Tinley Park.  He said police are working under the theory that the same suspects have committed burglaries up and down I-57.  He also said police have identified suspects in the incidents.

Lange said Effingham police are working with authorities in other municipalities on the incidents and expects additional information in the next few days.