By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
A two-month investigation by the Pike County (Ill.) Sheriff's Department has resulted in the arrest of a Louisiana, Mo., man.
Isaiah L. Hoskins, 31, has been charged with burglary and theft over $500 after he allegedly was involved in several robberies throughout Pike County, Ill. Hoskins' bond is set at $250,000.
According to a release by the Sheriff's Department, thousands of dollars of property had been stolen in burglaries where forced entry was made.
The burglaries were:
º A farm building in the Rockport bottoms was burglarized on Sept. 17. Several tools, including an air compressor, were reported stolen.
º On Sept. 22, an attempted burglary at the Ross Township Building in the Pleasant Hill bottoms was reported. The entry door was pried open, but no items were stolen.
º A farm building off Ill. 96 north of New Canton was burglarized on Oct. 16. Several tools, including DeWalt drills, DeWalt grinders, arrowheads and other tools were taken.
º On Oct. 19, the same farm building near New Canton was burglarized and more tools and batteries were reported stolen.
º A building on Hoskins Hill Road was entered on Oct. 20. Several tools, horse saddles, antiques and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle were stolen.
º A farm building off U.S. 54 near Pike Station was broken into on Oct. 29. Among the items that were taken was a Caterpillar tractor bucket.
On Oct. 30, the Pike County Sheriff's Department, in conjunction with the Pike County (Mo.) Sheriff's Department deputies, conducted a traffic stop involving Hoskins in Louisiana. Deputies said some items found in Hoskins' vehicle matched the description of items reported stolen in Pike County, Ill.
During an interview at the Louisiana Police Department, police said Hoskins told them where to find some of the stolen property. Deputies also learned that a significant amount of the stolen property had been sold as scrap metal. However, the Caterpillar tractor bucket was recovered in Ralls County, Mo.
Deputies said several other items -- including the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, some tools and antiques -- were recovered in Marion County, Mo.