Illinois pair face stateline burglary, theft charges
James D. Tarrant, 43, Rockford, Ill., stood mute Tuesday to four counts each of party to burglary and theft. Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer entered a not guilty plea for Tarrant, and a jury trial will be scheduled. Tarrant remains in jail on a $16,000 cash bond and will appear in court Sept. 28 for a hearing on an extradition to Boone County in Illinois.
Nicholas J. Batzler, 32, Loves Park, Ill., is charged with four counts of burglary and four counts of theft. His arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 26. He faces extradition to Boone and McHenry counties in Illinois and remains in the Rock County Jail on a $36,000 cash bond.
The two were arrested Sept. 2 in Fulton Township after police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle at 1 p.m. on Pomeroy Road. When police stopped the car, they found flat-screen televisions, guns and pillowcases full of suspected stolen items on the backseat of the car, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office.
Police in Rock County as well as four Illinois counties had been investigating burglaries with similar circumstances, according to the release.