NORMAL (25News Now) – An investigation into vehicle break-in, identity theft and forgery has led to two arrests.
Normal police say Laura L. McCoy, 38, of Brackettville, Texas, was arrested on multiple counts of forgery and identity theft.
She was arrested in Arlington, Texas on July 6.
She was given $100,000 bail.
Raynard Spence, 31, of Dania, Florida, was also arrested on multiple counts of burglary and trespassing.
He was arrested in Midlothian on 20th April.
Police Chief Stephen Petrilli says the investigation began in April with several vehicle thefts in large parking lots in the Twin Cities.
In each case, a purse or wallet was left in the vehicle, stolen, and checks forged at various banks.
Petrilli says these types of crimes are typically committed by groups of travellers.
He said the suspects were identified with the help of automatic license plate reader cameras and information shared with other police agencies.
Videos and photos of the couple visiting various financial institutions in central Illinois were also instrumental in gathering more information.
The department’s investigation was reviewed by the McLean County state attorney’s office.
Petrilli reminds you to always secure valuables and, if you leave them in a vehicle, consider locking them in the trunk of a car or hiding them.
“This case is an excellent example of modern professional policing,” he said. “NPD’s use of technology and commitment to engagement with our local law enforcement partners and business community resulted in a successful criminal investigation.”
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