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Cash bond set for suspects in rash of burglaries

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ANN MARIE AMES
September 7, 2011
— Two Illinois men are locked in the Rock County Jail after they were arrested Friday on suspicion that they broke into more than a dozen Rock County homes during daytime hours in August and stole thousands of dollars’ worth of property.

Nicholas J. Batzler, 32, Loves Park, Ill., is charged with four counts of burglary and four counts of theft. Court Commissioner Charles Holznecht on Tuesday set a cash bond of $16,000. Batzler is scheduled to appear in court again Friday. He faces up to 53 years in prison and fines totaling $140,000.


James D. Tarrant, 43, Rockford, Ill., is charged with four counts each of party to burglary and theft. Holznecht set a cash bond at $6,000. Tarrant is scheduled to appear in court on Friday. He faces up to 53 years in prison and fines totaling $140,000.


The men were arrested Friday afternoon. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating a recent string of burglaries. Law enforcement officials in the Illinois counties of Ogle, Winnebago, McHenry and Boone are investigating Batzler and Tarrant for possible involvement in similar burglaries, and the Rock County investigation continues, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.


According to the news release, at 1 p.m. Friday, a suspicious silver vehicle was reported on Pomeroy Road in Fulton Township. A responding deputy saw the car leave a home on that road. The deputy went to the home and determined a burglary had just taken place, according to the news release.


Deputies found the vehicle again at a home on County F near Indianford. The vehicle left the home, and police stopped it on County F on Edgerton’s south side. Police found flat-screen televisions, guns and pillowcases full of suspected stolen items on the backseat of the car, according to the news release.


According to court documents, Tarrant admitted to driving Batzler to various places in Rock County including on Thursday and Friday four homes in Fulton and Milton townships.


Batzler admitting stealing televisions, other electronic equipment, guns, a Brett Favre jersey, cash, jewelry and musical instruments from the four residences, according to court documents.



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