Rochester Police Department

  • Agency: Rochester Police Department
  • Address: 1 Community Dr, Rochester, 62563 IL
  • Chief: Bill Marass (Chief of Police)
Phone: 217-498-7125
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Rochester Police Department is located at 1 Community Dr, Rochester, 62563 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Bill Marass. The Rochester Police Department phone number is 217-498-7125.

Rochester Police Department News

Officer Henton had an interesting call tonight. He was sent to a residence only to find this little fella stuck to the basement door. Luckily, Sangamon County Animal Control was able to remove the bat by catching it in a jar. No humans, nor the bat were injured during this process. Officer Henton now knows what his Halloween Costume will be this year! #Batman

On October 17th, a set of keys were turned in. They were found near the Rochester Junior High School. If they could be yours please call the Rochester Police Department with a description. 217-381-8351 Thank you.

Officer Schwartz, Officer Felchner and Lt. Johnson have been spending time learning about fingerprints and solving crimes with our new 5th Grade Crime Scene Investigators in Mrs. Lauber and Mrs. Tinder's classes as part of their Forensic STEM Challenge. These 5th Graders at Rochester Intermediate School are a very smart group of kids!

It sure was a beautiful day to be outside today. One of our officers was patrolling and enjoying the weather when he spotted a vehicle traveling 40 MPH over the speed limit. This location was near Taft Lane, where there is a walkway for pedestrians to walk to the trail. Speed is one of the Illinois State Police “Fatal Four” violations that are responsible for most of the traffic fatalities. Also, ISP District 9 considers Route 29 between Springfield and the Sangamon/Christian County Line one of the deadliest routes in central Illinois. Luckily, this story has a happy ending in that no one was hurt. The officer was able to catch up to the vehicle and get them stopped. Illinois State Police Illinois State Police District 9 Springfield Sangamon County Sheriff's Office #ClassAMisdemeanor #AlwaysWatching #PleaseSlowDown #3MovingViolationsInAYearEqualsASuspendedDriversLicense

***UPDATE*** This pup has been returned to her owners! We need your help again locating an owner for a brown and white dog found near East Main and Maple. Please if it is your puppy or you know whose it is call 217-381-8351. Thank you in advance. 🐶 🐕

Join us Saturday, October 27th @ 10:00 AM in the Rochester Community Room for Cops for Kids! We will be partnering with the Rochester Public Library District to read stories, discuss Halloween Safety and decorate pumpkins. Costumes recommended! Register via the Rochester Public Library Website at the link listed below. https://campscui.active.com/orgs/RochesterPublicLibraryDistrict?orglink=camps-registration

CASE UPDATE: Larissa A. Johnson was arrested and charged with residential burglary and aggravated possession of 11-20 stolen firearms. She was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections. This investigation has involved multiple agencies in our area including; Sangamon County Sheriff's Office, Springfield Police Department, Morgan County Sheriff's Office, Jacksonville Illinois Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Springfield, and the Illinois Department of Corrections. -On March 14th 2017 at approximately 12:33 am, officers responded to the 200 block of E. Main Street for a burglary in which many firearms were stolen. Two firearms have been recovered. The investigation is ongoing.

Rochester Police Beat August 2018 • On August 1st, an officer conducted a stop for illegal use of an electronic device. During the stop, it was discovered the driver was suspended and wanted on a warrant. Thomas J. Ray, Jr. of Springfield was arrested for the Christian County Warrant for failure to appear on traffic, issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a written warning for the alleged illegal use of an electronic communication device. Ray was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Valid drivers picked the vehicle up from the scene. • An officer initiated a stop after running the registered owner of a vehicle through his computer and finding the registered owner was wanted on a warrant. On August 4th, Craig S. Schleyhahn of Springfield arrested on a Christian County Warrant for failure to appear for a felony burglary charge. Schleyhahn was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. • An officer was called to the Rochester Community Park to take a report on criminal damage to property on August 7th. One of the storage shed’s doors had apparent shoe prints on it and the door frame was split. No entry was made. A report was generated. • On August 10th, David W. Irvine of Springfield was stopped and subsequently cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. The officer gave Irvine a ride to his workplace. • A resident of Oak Hills contacted the police department with regards to a civil dispute over lawn care on August 10th. The resident stated he only paid two thirds of his bill because a third of the work done by the lawn care service was unsatisfactory. Sod had been laid and was already dead. The owner of the service stated if the resident didn’t pay he would undo all of the work. Both parties were advised the situation is civil at this point and would have to be settled in court. The incident was documented. • On August 10th, an officer ran the registration of a vehicle that came back stolen out of Springfield. Andrew White of Chatham was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. White was issued citation for allegedly being in possession of a stolen vehicle, driving with a revoked registration, failure to surrender revoked registration, and operating a vehicle with revoked title. The vehicle’s owner arrived on scene and took possession of the vehicle. White’s father took custody of the children occupants in the vehicle. • Zachary G. Holloway of Edinburg was stopped and cited for allegedly driving on a cancelled license on August 10th. A valid driver picked up Holloway from the scene. • An officer responded to a criminal damage in progress call at the Rochester Community Park on August 11th. Three juveniles were seen by the complainant taking the ceramic tiles off the wall of the playground and throwing them on the ground. The officer spoke with two of the juveniles who were still on scene. They stated a friend (that left prior to the officer’s arrival) noticed the tile on the ground and threw it. They claimed they were no where around him when he broke it on the ground. Parents of the known juveniles were contacted. They advised they would speak with their children. The officer was unable to obtain contact information for the third juvenile. • On August 11th, an officer issued an animal ordinance citation and fine to a resident on Willow. The resident’s cat(s) allegedly had damaged a vehicle in the neighborhood. They were advised to keep their cats indoors to keep them from damaging other’s property. • After stopping a vehicle for speeding on August 11th, the officer discovered the driver was suspended out of Kentucky. Jessica L. Franks of Taylorville was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and given written warnings for speeding and operating a vehicle with no proof of insurance. • An officer stopped a vehicle, on August 12th, after recognizing the driver as a revoked driver from a previous encounter. George T. Bailey of Kincaid was arrested and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene. • On August 14th, Kiara L. Sumner of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked up Sumner and her vehicle. • On August 15th, Amanda M. Gunther of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. The officer gave Gunther a ride to her workplace. • On August 15th, Randi L. Chamness of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked up Chamness and her vehicle. • On August 16th, Eric B. Compton of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Compton was also issued a written warning for no proof of insurance. A valid driver transported Compton and his vehicle from the scene. • Officers responded to a residence on E. Main Street in reference to a disturbance on August 16th. The officer’s spoke with the resident and her juvenile son who stated the individual that has been staying with them just received notice he is to be evicted from the residence. The individual allegedly started to threaten the juvenile with bodily harm. Zane P. Merreighn was arrested for the alleged assault and taken to the Sangamon County Jail. • On August 17th, officers were notified of several burglaries to vehicles had occurred during the night prior in the Maplehurst and Wyndmoor subdivisions. Several items of value were taken including but not limited to a laptop, hard-drive, and Apple watch. All of the vehicles appeared to have been left unlocked. A report was generated and the incidents are still being investigated. • Ann M. Sperry of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on August 18th. Jostes towed the vehicle. • An officer stopped a vehicle for a suspended registration and discovered the operator’s driver’s license was also suspended. On August 18th, Andrea R. Buchanan of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended. Jostes towed the vehicle. • August 18th, an officer conducted a stop on a vehicle with a suspended registered owner. During the stop the officer noticed an open alcoholic beverage in the vehicle. The driver displayed no signs of impairment. Maurice G. Sanchez of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and illegal transportation of alcohol. • Officers responded to a residence in the Wyndmoor subdivision in reference to a disturbance on August 19th. The wife had returned home to find her husband had tossed several items of furniture in the residence. She told the officer her husband was yelling at her, throwing things in the residence and gave her she a week to move out. The husband advised they have been arguing all week. He advised he would be okay but one of them should find somewhere else to go for the night. The wife agreed to take her children and stay the night with her parents. The officer advised the wife to seek an order of protection if she felt it was necessary. The incident was documented. • A traffic stop was initiated on a vehicle with an expired registration on August 20th. During the stop, it was discovered the operator’s driver’s license was revoked out of Florida and she had a warrant out of Florida. Summer D. Deszell of Decatur was arrested for a felony warrant for fraud falsification of ownership to a pawn broker out of Florida, fugitive from justice and for allegedly driving while license revoked. Deszell was also cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. She was transported to the Sangamon County Jail and the vehicle was towed by Jostes. • On August 21st, an officer was notified by a resident of Oak Hills subdivision of a disturbance. A juvenile had been dropped off with her great-grandparents while her father, the custodial parent, travelled out of stated to seek employment. The juvenile’s mother had shown up at the great-grandparent’s residence to take custody of the juvenile and was causing a problem. Neither party on scene had guardianship of the juvenile. It was determined to keep the juvenile with her great-grandparents where she appeared to be safe. The mother was issued a no trespass warning informing her if she was to return to the property she would be arrested. The grandparents were given information on obtaining an order of protection and advised to seek temporary guardianship if possible. The dad avoided contact with the police department during the incident. DCFS was notified of the situation and documented the call. A report was generated. • After stopping a vehicle on August 21st for an expired registration, the officer discovered the driver was suspended. Kevin L. Feilding of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued written warnings for the expired registration and no proof of insurance. • Robert B. Davis of Taylorville was stopped and cited allegedly for driving on a cancelled license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on August 22nd. A valid driver picked up Davis and his vehicle from the scene. • Marva D. Steward of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on August 22nd. A valid driver picked up the vehicle from the scene. • Tarren A. Davis of Springfield was stopped for driving while license revoke on August 22nd. Due to circumstances on scene, Davis was given a notice to appear for allegedly driving while license revoked and cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Valid drivers picked Davis and his vehicle up from the scene. • On August 23rd, Alexandra M. Nelch of Chatham was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver drove from the scene. • A resident of Park Forest Hundred notified an officer he has been receiving threatening text from his sister’s boyfriend via text messages on August 24th. Upon reviewing the messages, it was determined there was no direct threat in the messages. He was advised to seek an order of protection and block the phone number. The incident was documented. • Christopher J. Hill of Mechanicsburg was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on August 26th. A valid driver picked him up from the scene. • Eric C. Kendrick, Jr. of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on August 26th. A valid driver drove from the scene. • On August 26th, an officer conducted a stop of a vehicle with an expired registration of June of 2017. The officer noticed the registration plate had a sticker for 2019 registered to another vehicle. The driver stated she recently purchased the vehicle and provided a contact for the sale. The individual the officer was put in contact with was not the owner on the vehicle’s registration. During the stop it was also revealed the operator’s driver’s license was expired. The vehicle was towed and Desirae N. Kelly of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving with no valid driver’s license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. • On August 27th, Angel G. Blair of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked her up from the scene. • Yashika N. Capler of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly having no valid driver’s license on August 28th. Capler was also cited for child passenger protection act due to allegedly having a passenger under 8 in the vehicle with no child safety seat present. A valid driver picked Capler up from the scene. • An officer conducted a stop on a driver who allegedly disobeyed a traffic control device on August 30th. During the stop, it was revealed the driver had a suspended driver’s license. Coral L. Harrison of Tovey was cited for allegedly disobeying a traffic control device and driving while license suspended. A valid driver took Harrison to work. • On August 31st, Corey V. Pope of Tower Hill was stopped and arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked. Pope was also cited for allegedly operating an uninsured motor vehicle. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed by Jostes. Criminal Reports Assault; simple – 1; Burglary from Motor Vehicle – 3; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Drag Racing – 1; Fugitive from Justice – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Motor Vehicle Anti-Theft Laws– 1;Theft Under $500 – 2; Warrants – 3 Traffic Reports Accident Investigations – 6; Distracted Driving/Cellular Device – 1; Driver/Passenger Safety Laws – 3; No Driver’s License – 8; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 14; Speeding – 26; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 23; Traffic Signal Violation Citations – 11;Warnings Issued – 77 Calls for Service Animal Related Calls – 5; Assist Ambulance Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 5; Assist Business Agency – 1; Assist Fire Department – 15; Assist Other Police Agency – 36; Assist Schools – 1; Building / Business Checks – 40; Burglar Alarms – 9; Citizen Assists – 17; Civil Assists – 6; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 2; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Missing Person – 1; Motorist Assists – 13; Ordinance Violations – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 12; Traffic Control – 10; Vacation Watches – 29

We had a great turnout for the Homecoming Parade! Glad we could be a part of it. Go Rockets!🏈🚀

We have recently had some items turned into the Department. If any of these are yours call us 217-381-8351.

**Update**. She was reunited with her owners. We need your help again locating an owner for a black and white boxer found in the middle of Route 29 near Cardinal Hill Rd. Please if it is your puppy or you know whose it is call 217-381-8351. Thank you in advance.

**Update** The owner of these belongings has been located. Attention Residents: We recently had a cell phone and a bike turned into us that were found in the front yard of a residence on Mill St. If they are yours, call our department and be able to describe them. 217-381-8351 Thanks for all of your help!

Congratulations to Illinois Part-Time Officer Basic Training Class #30 and Rochester Police Officer, Grant Fitzsimmons, on graduation this past Saturday! 👮‍♀️🎓🎉

Remember. Today, and every day. Remember their sacrifice. Every day...every minute...every second

Thank you to Brownie Troops 6929 and 6360 for inviting me to join you in talking about stranger awareness. I had so much fun talking with you girls. Also, thank you for the really awesome nickname of Queen Officer! Be safe!❤️👑👮

Unless you’re Vin Diesel, you should expect a citation if you run it! Well, of course we would still issue Vin a citation...but even the odds of him rolling through town...well, if he decides to roll through the Village of Rochester, hopefully he will obey the traffic laws. #fastandfurious #6secondcar #theoriginalisthebestone #signhere #dontcallmechicken

Our objective is to raise awareness to this situation and create safer roadways for motorist in, and travelling through, our community. We have heard your complaints, and we have seen the increased number of traffic crashes. We will be doing what we can to address this issue. In the mean time, we ask motorist to be vigilant on the roadways! We appreciate everyone's suggestions on the previous post (these options will be looked into) and we would like to thank WICS ABC Newschannel 20 for helping us bring awareness to this issue.

We have been receiving increasing complaints regarding the intersection of Route 29 and West Main regarding drivers running the light. Due to this influx of complaints regarding this intersection, the Rochester Police Department will be conducting focused patrols of this intersection. Foot patrols at the intersection will call out vehicles that run the light for officers in squad cars to stop. We have been trialing this over the past week, and the first day the officers at the intersection witness an accident that was caused by a driver running the light. So for the foreseeable future, we’ll be keeping an 👁 out for people 🏃 🚦. Also, if anyone has any additional ideas for how we can increase awareness of stop lights please comment below!!!⬇️⬇️⬇️ Our way will most likely result in taking 15 minutes from your day and issuing a $120 citation! #greenmeansgo #redmeansstop #my4yearoldknowscolorsbetterthanyou #3movingviolationsinayeargetsyourlicensesuspended #unlessyouhaveaGDLthenitsonly2movingviolations #drivesafe

Rochester Police Beat July 2018 • On July 2nd, an officer responded to a residence on E. Mill Street in reference to a violation of orders of protection. The respondent’s daughter had gone over to the petitioner’s address. The respondent went to the sidewalk outside of the residence and asked to approach, at which the petitioner agreed. The respondent allegedly proceeded to raise her voice, make a scene and then leave the property. The respondent was issued a notice to appear for the violation and a report was forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office. • A resident of Park Forest Place notified an officer on July 2nd their license plate was stolen off of their vehicle. The theft is believed to have occurred sometime between June 27th and 29th. It is uncertain where the theft actually occurred. A report was generated. • On July 3rd, a resident of Oak Hill Road informed officers a theft had occurred on her property. The resident allegedly caught her grandson and his friend earlier in the day taking property out of her home. When she confronted them, they set down the possessions and left the property. Later the resident heard noises coming from the living room and went to investigate. At that time, she noticed the possessions her grandson and friend were trying to take earlier were missing. The items were located behind a shed buried under some leaves. The resident stated she wished to press charges. Tavin Benton of Rochester and Anthony Rhodes of Pawnee were both arrested for the alleged Theft Over $500 and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. • Archiebald Doe of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on July 7th. • On July 8th, an officer initiated a stop on a vehicle after running the registration and discovering it was suspended for a mandatory insurance violation. Jacob Stanford of Kincaid was issued a citation for the alleged suspended registration and the vehicle was towed by Jostes. • An officer noticed an individual he knew from previous encounters to have a suspended driver’s license driving a van on July 11th. The officer initiated a stop and cited Joshua Garner of Springfield for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes. • On July 14th, Marva Steward of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked her up from the scene. • On July 16th, Linda Newingham of Kincaid was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver picked her up from the scene. • On July 16th at approximately 10:30 pm, an officer was contacted by a Rochester resident who stated his wife, two children, his niece and two dogs didn’t return home after saying they were going to the Rochester Park around 7 pm. After searching the park and not finding the family the officer aired an attempt to locate for the family. The wife’s vehicle was eventually located unoccupied in a parking lot on Lake Sangchris by the Illinois State Police. The area was searched with combined teamwork from the Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department, Edinburg Fire Department, Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police (Patrol, Air Ops, and K9) and the Illinois Conservation Police. The family was located and safely led out of the woods in the early morning hours of July 17th. The individuals explained they were out hiking on the trails and lost their way. After it got dark they decided to stop moving for the night and wait until sunrise to attempt to find their way again. They had noticed the headlights on a four-wheeler driven by the Conservation Police and started yelling allowing officers to find them and reunite them with their family. • An officer responded to Briarwood Lane in reference to a theft that occurred on July 17th. The resident explained she hired a moving company to move her heavier belongings to her new residence. After they left, she noticed two pieces of jewelry missing valued at $26,000. On July 18th, the officer recovered the items from a pawn shop and obtained video of the individual who pawned them. On August 15th, Rochester Police Department along with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Roosevelt Craig of Springfield on a Sangamon County Warrant for Class 2 Felony Theft. • On July 18th, a resident reported she was the victim of deceptive practices. She stated she was on the computer when a pop-up froze it. It provided a number for her to call to get “Nextech” virus protection. She stated the individual had her purchasing various gift card to pay for the virus protection. When she provided them with the card numbers they told her they were not valid and to purchase more. Her bank was notified along with Google’s Fraud department. A report was generated. • Megan Huntsley of Taylorville was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on July 18th. A valid driver picked her up from the scene. • An officer initiated a stop on July 18th at approximately 11:20 pm for speeding. A juvenile was operating the vehicle and had 3 passengers in the vehicle with her. Until the age of 18, a driver is issued a graduated driver’s license. This restricts the juveniles driving times by excluding driving between the hours of 10 pm to 6 am on Sundays through Thursdays and 11 pm to 6 am on Fridays and Saturdays. The Graduated Drivers License also restricts the number of occupants allowed in a vehicle to only one unrelated teen passenger (siblings and children of the driver are exempt to this rule). Citations were written for allegedly speeding, possessing no valid driver’s license, and having more that one passenger under 20 in the vehicle. The citations and a report for the curfew violation were forwarded to North County Teen Court to see if they will accept this case. • An officer noticed a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 29 on July 20th at 3:10 am. The vehicle stopped in the roadway and made a three point turnabout. After initiating the stop, the officer discovered the driver’s license was revoked. George Bailey of Kincaid was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. • On July 23rd, Zane Merreighn of Rochester was arrested on a Sangamon County Warrant at his residence. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. • Bradley Magruder of Springfield was stopped after an officer observed his vehicle speeding on July 25th. During the stop, it was discovered Magruder’s driver’s license was suspended. Magruder was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and speeding. Valid drivers picked up the vehicle and the driver from the scene. • An officer responded to a call in reference to a dog bite on July 25th. The individual stated that while walking her Maltese on E. Mill they passed a yard with a Boxer in it. The Boxer broke its chain and attacked the Maltese. The owner of the Maltese claimed she was trying to separate the dogs and was bitten as well. The Maltese was brought to the animal hospital and underwent emergency surgery. The Maltese later succumbed to its injuries. The owner of the Boxer was issued a citation for the impoundment of dogs that have bitten persons or other domesticated animals. A report was generated and Sangamon County Animal Control investigated the incident. • On July 26th, Angela Yager of Springfield was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on driving while license suspended. Yager also received a written warning for allegedly having an expired registration. • On July 27th, Cecil Funk of Riverton was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and cited for allegedly operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Funk was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. • Brian Carter of Rochester was arrested on a Sangamon County Warrant for failure to appear on driving while license suspended and transported to the Sangamon County Jail on July 30th. • On July 31st, a resident reported to an officer forty-one DVD’s allegedly had been taken from her home over the last year. Possible suspect information was provided by the resident. A report was generated. • An officer initiated a stop of a vehicle with a suspended registration on July 31st. Jane Rosa of Taylorville was issued citations for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while the registration was suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes. Criminal Reports Deceptive Practices – 1; Theft Over $500 – 1; Theft Under $500 – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrants – 4 Traffic Reports Accident Investigations – 6; Driver and Passenger Safety Laws – 3; Failure to Yield at an Intersection – 1; Failure to Yield for a Emergency Vehicle – 1; Illegal Parking – 3; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Driver’s License – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 10; Speeding – 8; Suspended Registration – 4; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 14; Warnings Issued – 73 Calls for Service Animal Related Calls – 3; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 11; Assist Fire Department – 12; Assist Other Police Agency – 20; Building / Business Checks – 7; Burglar Alarms – 7; Citizen Assists – 11; Curfew – 1; Disturbance – 4; Domestic Trouble – 2; Lost or Recovered Articles – 2; Mental Cases – 3; Missing Persons – 1; Motorist Assists – 3; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Ordinance Violations – 4; Person Down – 1;Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 14; Vacation Watches – 36

The Rochester Police Department has been investigating vehicle burglaries that have occurred in subdivisions off Oak Hill Road. If anyone has exterior video cameras please contact us via Facebook email. Your name will not be released to the public if the video results in an arrest. We have reason to believe the suspects traveled via foot throughout the subdivisions with someone picking them up in a vehicle. We will not give out your information or release video/camera footage without the owners permission. Please remember to keep your vehicles locked and garage doors closed.

The Rochester Police Department along with the United States Marshal Service served a felony arrest warrant on Roosevelt Craig in Springfield, Illinois early Wednesday for the theft of over $25,000.00. Roosevelt Craig is being held at the Sangamon County Jail.