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January 18, 2019

1/2/2019 11:03:00 AM
Another suspect arrested in Saratoga burglary
Just over a week after an arrest was made following a reported burglary in Palestine early this month, the Palestine Police Department arrested another local resident, who was also charged with another crime reported recently.

According to Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing, Keondre Weck, 18, Robinson, was taken into custody about 5:55 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Vincennes Avenue.

Besing arrested Weck on felony charges of burglary, theft over $500 and misdemeanor criminal damage to property.

On Dec. 17 the Saratoga Tavern was found broken into with an undetermined amount of liquor and cash stolen.

While the investigation was underway, Crimestoppers announced a $300 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

A day earlier, Besing told the Daily News that the marquee sign at Franklin and Jackson was found spray painted, with a 666 and a pentagram symbol being spotted on it. Christmas trees in the abandoned lot were also damaged.

Weck has been arrested for the sign vandalism on a misdemeanor charge of criminal defacement of property. He is the second arrest made in regards to the Saratoga robbery. Keagan B. Pittenger, 18, Palestine, was arrested by Besing last week for burglary, theft over $500 and criminal damage to property.

Pittenger was released from the Crawford County Jail after posting bond, while Weck is waiting for his to be set by a judge.

Besing also investigated a two-vehicle "hit & run" accident that occurred Wednesday, Dec. 26, around 5:30 p.m. on Illinois Route 33 near the entrance to Casey's General Store where Franklin and Washington streets intersect.

During a separate investigation last weekend, a Palestine man was issued a citation following a hit and run accident near Casey's General Store. Besing said that a 2014 Ford Focus being driven by Cade C. Fulling, 23, Palestine, was driving east on Franklin when a 1998 Ford LTC, being driven by Klay E. Judge, 54, Palestine, exited the south drive to Casey's and struck Fulling's vehicle.

Damage was found near the right rear corner of Fulling's vehicle. Judge reportedly left the scene and was later issued citations for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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