Tyler MJ Washburn, 20, of R. R. 1, Oconee was arrested Wednesday, July 24, after Pana Police Department was notified of a residential burglary and theft of property.
During the investigation, police received information of a male subject as a person of interest at a Herrick residence. They found Washburn, that subject, who was taken into custody for the offense.
He was brought to the police station and processed on both charges.
During further investigation, police obtained information that the stolen firearms had been sold to persons at a Pana area residence.
At 6:10 a.m., Thursday, July 25, Pana police and other police agencies executed a search warrant at 10 Webster St. The residence is west of the Pana city limits, off West Washington Street. Evidence was recovered including two stolen handguns, drug paraphernalia, controlled substances and hypodermic syringes.
Taken into custody at the residence were Lester G. Ward, 37 and Catherine M. Eck, 37, of the same address.
Two subjects who were at the residence earlier were taken into custody also:
Derrick L. Covington, 20, also of the same address, was found on foot near Grant and Second streets.
Michael C. Davis, 29, of 308 S. Kitchell Ave. was located on a traffic stop at Jackson and Hickory (junction of U.S. Route 51, Illinois Rts. 29 and 16).
They were processed on the following charges:
Ward, possession of stolen firearms, a Class 1 felony; possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon/no valid Firearm Owners Identification/FOID card, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Eck, possession of a controlled substance and of drug paraphernalia.
Covington, possession of a stolen firearm/no valid FOID card.
Davis, arrested on a Tazwell County warrant for petition to revoke a residential burglary conviction.
All were taken to Christian County Correctional Center in Taylorville. Evidence collected at the 10 Webster St. scene will be taken to Illinois State Police forensic crime lab for analysis.
Additional charges of delivery of a controlled substance are being considered by the Christian County state’s attorney’s office. The case remains under investigation.
Other agencies involved in the sweep at Webster Street were officers of Central Illinois Enforcement Group/CIEG and Christian County Sheriff’s Office.