Pair linked to series of burglaries, vehicle thefts in western Iroquois County

GILMAN — Two men arrested recently for retail theft have been linked to several burglaries and vehicle thefts in western Iroquois County, the sheriff’s office said in an Aug. 26 news release.

Juan Perez, 18, of Gilman, and Aaron Tuttle, 19, of Danforth, were arrested for retail theft in Watseka on Aug. 20.

Police said they later linked Perez to a residential burglary, the theft of cash and prescription medication and the theft of a vehicle from a residence in Gilman. That crime occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 10, 2014. The stolen vehicle was found damaged and abandoned north of Gilman four days later.

Both Perez and Tuttle also were linked to a burglary in LaHogue in rural Onarga that occurred during the early morning of Jan. 19, 2015, and the theft of a vehicle from Thawville a few hours later. The stolen vehicle was found damaged and abandoned north of Gilman later that morning.

The sheriff’s office has determined that the pair had also broken into Cazadore’s Tacos in Onarga, where they had stolen money and electronics, and then committed a burglary at Dowell Auto Body in Onarga,  where they stole the keys to a car and a pocket knife. The two then used the stolen keys to steal a vehicle owned by Taylor Dowell of Onarga. The stolen vehicle had been recovered by the time of their Aug. 20 arrest in Watseka.

Tuttle and Perez remained Aug. 26 at the county jail in Watseka, with additional charges pending of burglary, residential burglary, theft (over $300), motor vehicle theft and criminal damage to property.

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