On Wednesday, January 12th, the Rock Falls Police Department responded to a reported burglary at Whiteside County Animal Control, 1701 Industrial Park Road, Rock Falls. During the overnight hours, an individual or individuals, forced entry into the business and removed items.
During the investigation, they discovered a burglary had also been committed at nearby Hubbard & Sons Construction, 1018 East 17th Street, Rock Falls. As a result of evidence collected at and around the scenes, as well as video from various nearby locations, Detectives were able to identify and track suspects to a residence located at 600 East Rock Falls Road, Rock Falls. A search warrant was obtained for the residence and during the execution of that warrant, items taken in the burglary were recovered at that location.
Troy Stapleton, 43, of Rock Falls was arrested and charged with Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, and a JoDaviess County warrant for failure to appear. Additional charges may be filed against Stapleton, and other individuals, as further investigation is completed.
Rock Falls Police were assisted by the Sterling Police Department, Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, and Illinois State Police.
All persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. If you have information about this incident, you are asked to call the Rock Falls Police Department or Whiteside County Crimestoppers.