Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

May 22, 2013

Police search for semitrailer looters

Effingham police are seeking burglars who stole a wide variety of items from a trucking company lot sometime over the weekend.

The thieves broke into three semitrailers at SAIA Trucking, 1414 E. Fayette Ave., sometime before 7:35 a.m. Monday. Police said the crooks gained entry to the trailers by breaking the seal and damaging the roll-up doors.

Taken from one trailer was 40 weed eaters, 12 boxes of flammable aerosols, 87 boxes of leather dressing and 21 boxes of Neatsfoot oil used to soften leather.

Taken from another trailer were an undisclosed number of peppermint stick blocks for horses and hitch steps for pickup trucks. From a third trailer, 420 rods and 140 connecting clasps used to set up horse stalls or pens were stolen.

Also missing after the heist were two flagpoles with a total value of $5,300. Effingham police Det. Scott Volpi said the total value of stolen items is believed to exceed $10,000.

Volpi said police do not believe they are looking for professional thieves. Instead, the cops believe they are looking for amateurs who had access to either a trailer or several pickup trucks that would have been needed to haul several hundred pounds of items that had been headed to the Rural King store in Mattoon before the heist.

"High-end professionals would have taken more items and done a neater job," Volpi said.

Volpi said police don't have any suspects. But he said tips from the public could change that.

"Any information would be great," he said. The detective said the public should be aware of people who have a large number of items they wouldn't normally have.

"If your neighbor has 20 weed eaters in his garage, that's something odd," Volpi said.

Those with tips can call Effingham Area Crimestoppers at 217-347-6583 or 877-477-6583. Volpi said tipsters can earn up to $1,000 for an arrest that leads to a criminal conviction.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Meth suspect pleads not guilty

    The Beecher City man accused of operating a methamphetamine lab in a Shumway home pleaded not guilty during a brief Thursday morning appearance in Effingham County Circuit Court.

    April 24, 2014

  • tony- community garden 2.jpg Perfect time to plant

    Steve Luchtefeld loves onions.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hofer hearing delayed

    Proceedings were continued Wednesday for an Effingham woman accused of driving under the influence of drugs at the time of a traffic accident that killed a Watson teenager on her way to school.

    April 24, 2014

  • Missouri driver ejected, killed Tuesday ST. ELMO -- A driver from Missouri was killed when the semi she was driving overturned on Interstate 70 Tuesday. Royce E. Horton, 50, of Highlandville, Mo., was driving a maroon and white Freightliner truck-tractor westbound at 3:36 a.m. Tuesday on I

    April 24, 2014

  • Stew-Stras to upgrade technology STRASBURG -- With no new technology purchased since 2011, new computers will finally be coming to Stewardson-Strasburg Schools starting next year. Superintendent Michele Lindenmeyer said the district will be rolling out technology in phases over the

    April 24, 2014

  • Semi driver dead in accident on I-70

    A semi driver from Missouri was killed when their vehicle overturned on I-70 Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014

  • Shumway meth suspects plead not guilty

    Two of the four arrested in a Shumway methamphetamine bust earlier this month pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Effingham County Circuit Court.

    April 22, 2014

  • Man found dead from gunshot wound ST. ELMO -- Fayette County authorities are investigating two unrelated deaths over the weekend. Matthew Austin, 47, of St. Elmo was found dead in his pickup by a family member at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at 501 W. Cumberland Road in St. Elmo. Austin appear

    April 22, 2014

  • Library seeks community support

    With a bid letting set for September and renovation of the old Fifth Third Bank slated to begin in December, the Library Board is actively looking for community support in fundraising. 

    April 21, 2014

  • Effingham man gets five-year sentence for meth lab

    An Effingham man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday on a charge of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.

    April 21, 2014

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.