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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Duo face charges in multiple counties, including Henry County

  • Two men charged with a series of thefts in Henry County also face charges in Lee County and are under investigation for break-ins in Whiteside County.
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  • Two men charged with a series of thefts in Henry County also face charges in Lee County and are under investigation for break-ins in Whiteside County.
    Robert A. Lambert, 30, of Kewanee and Robert W. Zais, 26, of Tampico were jailed in Henry County under $500,000 bonds on theft and burglary charges.
    They were arrested Aug. 17 after authorities executed search warrants at their homes.
    Henry County State's Attorney Terry Patton said the two are charged with stealing three Gator vehicles from the Holland & Son John Deere dealership in Geneseo around April 6. Two of the three stolen Gators have reportedly been recovered.
    They're also charged with taking an Arctic Cat ATV and a number o tools at a break-in at Mapes Asphalt in Geneseo around June 13.
    In addition, Lambert and Zais are charged with the theft of an ATM containing $7,700 in cash from the Annawan Express Lane convenience store on June 26.
    At the time, authorities said a vehicle was driven through the front door of the store and a strap was attached to the ATM to pull it out of the building.
    The charges against the pair also allege that they broke into the Peoples National Bank branch in Annawan early in the morning of Aug. 13 and removed a safe. The empty safe later was found along a country road a couple of miles from Annawan.
    In Lee County, Lambert and Zais were charged with theft between $10,000 and $100,000. A Lee County deputy arrested them in Harmon in April.
    According to published reports, deputies determined that a Gator the two were hauling in a trailer had been stolen from the Geneseo dealership.
    In that case, Lambert was accepted for the Second Chance Program, which gives first-time non-violent offenders a chance to keep a conviction off their records. Zais has a pretrial hearing scheduled in Lee County later this fall.
    Whiteside County authorities are investigating break-ins that took place in May at Northland Mall and the Eggs in Paradise store, both in Sterling.
    Police in Sterling said a Gator stolen from the Geneseo dealership was used to break into the mall.
    ATMs were taken from the mall and from the Eggs in Paradise store, authorities said.
    Sterling police said the ATM theft in Annawan was similar to the Sterling thefts, but no charges have been filed in the Sterling cases.

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