Two men were arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in connection with multiple burglaries, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins, and additional arrests are pending.
Grant A. Allen, 21, of Pana, was arrested in Fillmore, and Neil A. Blazich, 36, of Nokomis, was arrested at his residence, both by the sheriff's office on Jan. 1.
The investigation began on Dec. 10 when a farm implement allegedly stolen from Shelby County was located in Nokomis Township, leading the sheriff's office investigator to the discovery of additional crimes. A two-axle utility trailer that was allegedly stolen in late November from Fillmore Township was located on Dec. 28 on 27th Road in Audubon Township, and the sheriff's office investigator also learned of a vacant residence that had been burglarized on several occasions with items taken.
Both Allen and Blazich were arrested on Wednesday during the execution of a search warrant, and both face charges of burglary and theft. The sheriff's office also found several items in Blazich's residence from multiple alleged burglaries and thefts, including off-road vehicle lights from a Nokomis theft.
The investigation of additional burglaries and thefts in the same area continues, and more arrests are pending. Anyone with information that would help solve these crimes or any other crime may leave an anonymous tip at www.macmontcrimestoppers.com, text a tip by entering 722TIP and the message to CRIMES (274637), or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-352-0136. Any information that leads to an arrest is eligible for up to a $10,000 reward.