Galesburg burglaries: Guns, bikes, leaf blower, catalytic converters, cash reported stolen

Talbot Fisher
Special to The Register-Mail

GALESBURG — At 2:31 p.m. Sept. 7, multiple guns were reported stolen from Simpson Limited, 140 S. Seminary St.

An employee told police that while doing inventory, six different weapons were found to be missing. He was unsure if they were stolen, misplaced, or improperly shipped. The weapons reported missing are a Colt pocket .25 caliber handgun, a Mauser HSC 7 .65 mm caliber handgun, a DWM 1920 COMM .30 caliber handgun, a Krieghoff 1944 9mm handgun, a Johnson Safety top break 32 BP caliber rifle, and a Stevens 77F shotgun 20 gauge. 

WalMart employee arrested for stealing from register

At 3:43 p.m. Sept. 7, a 19-year-old Galesburg man and Walmart employee was arrested at Walmart for allegedly stealing from the register. The store advised police he was caught on camera stealing from the register eight different times since Aug. 14 taking a total of $1,080. However, he was only arrested for the most recent theft, of $300 on Sept. 3.

According to the police report, he admitted to stealing the money due to stress about being able to pay his bills. He was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of theft under $500, with possible charges on the other thefts being considered.  

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Stolen leaf blower, trimmer found with meth on trailer pulled by bicycle

At 7:30 a.m. Sept. 6, an officer was waved down in the 1100 block of West Fremont Street by a resident. The man told police that a leaf blower and a trimmer, both recently purchased, had been stolen from his driveway overnight. At 8:34 a.m., the victim called police, advising he was following a subject on a bicycle pulling a trailer, and that he believed his stolen items were on the trailer.

Police stopped the suspect in the area of Broad and North streets, and the suspect gave them a false name. The stolen items were confirmed to be found on the trailer, and the suspect admitted his real name. The 28-year-old man was then found to have a Knox County failure to appear warrant from a May 2022 felony charge of methamphetamine possession.

According to the police report, the suspect admitted to stealing the tools and to having methamphetamine on the trailer as well. Less than 2 grams of what field tested positive for methamphetamine was found by police. The suspect was arrested for the warrant, a class 3 felony charge of meth possession under 5 grams, and a misdemeanor theft charge. 

Two catalytic converters stolen from cars on Cedar Avenue

At 11:53 a.m. Sept. 8, two catalytic converters were reported stolen from vehicles in a driveway in the 200 block of Cedar Avenue. The victim advised the vehicles had been parked for some time, so the window of time the thefts took place is unknown. 

Other reported burglaries in Galesburg

• At 5:06 p.m. Sunday, a bicycle valued at $100 was reported from the Knox College campus. The victim advised the bike was locked in the rack outside the college library before the theft.  

• At 8:39 p.m., Saturday, two bicycles, each valued at $1,500 were reported stolen from a garage in the 000 block of Park Lane. 

• At 7:43 a.m. Sept. 8, a resident in the 400 block of Phillips Street told police that sometime between 11:30 p.m. and the time of the report, someone had rummaged through her vehicle, and change had been taken. 

• At 7:37 a.m. Sept. 8, a resident in the 900 block of Arnold Street told police their car had been entered overnight, with change stolen. 

• At 2:03 a.m. Sept. 8, a storage unit in the 1600 block of Grand Avenue was discovered open by police. The unit was open and boxes were located nearby. The victim was reached by phone and informed of the theft. No details of stolen items were available at the time of the police report. 

• At 9:17 p.m. Sept. 6, a burglary was reported in the 800 block of Mulberry Street. The victims told police an XBox One video game system, a Motorola cell phone, and a bottle of medication were missing, and they were unsure how entry was gained to the residence. The estimated value of the stolen items totals $500.