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Two Illinois suspects caught in Rock County

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Catherine W. Idzerda
September 20, 2010
— Janesville police caught two fugitives wanted in connection with the burglary and theft of guns, ammunition and a car from Christian County, Ill.

Arrested on a fugitive complaint were John G. Averette, 20, and Caleb J. Hoskins, 19, both of Assumption, Ill., according to a news release from the Janesville Police Department.


Averette and Hoskins were also arrested on charges of possession of stolen property and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Averette was also arrested on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm.


At 1:24 a.m. Sunday, the Janesville Police Department received information from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office that two suspects were in Janesville, somewhere near Walmart.


Janesville officers found the stolen car at TA Express gas station, Highway 14 and Deerfield Drive, Janesville.


One suspect was found inside the gas station.


Using information from the first suspect, Officer Drew Severson was able to contact the second by phone. He admitted he was hiding in a wooded area behind Walmart near the Briar Crest subdivision.


A K-9 unit and officers surrounded the area and convinced the suspect to surrender in a nearby parking lot.


During questioning at the Janesville Police Department, the suspects admitted to the burglary of the firearms, theft of the ammunition and vehicle, and to committing an armed robbery of a gas station near Bloomington, Ill., before coming to Janesville.


Both men are being held at the Rock County Jail pending extradition to Illinois where they will face additional charges.



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