On 10/17/14 a Brookport resident called the Sheriff's Office to report that they were chasing a person they saw breaking into their vehicle. The Deputy located the suspect fleeing the area on foot. The Deputy chased the suspect on foot several blocks. The suspect hid in tall weeds and was eventually located. The suspect, who had to be tazed to be subdued. The Deputy arrested 18 year old Nicolas Ablett of Brookport. The investigation showed that Ablett had broken into several vehicles in the Brookport area. Ablett was charged with Burglary to a Motor Vehicle. Further investigation showed that Ablett had taken money from a woman's purse at the Dollar General Store in Metropolis in September 2014. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.
The Massac County Sheriff's Office has been receiving reports of residences being broken into. One of the residences was located on Airport Rd. That residence was owned by a person who lives out of town and recently discovered the residence broken into. Burglars went through the residence searching for items to take. In another Burglary on Orchard Rd., Burglars entered and took a firearm. The third Burglary happened on Powers Church Rd. In that report, Burglars took firearms and a change jar with a large amount of assorted coins. In the Burglaries on Orchard and Powers Church Rd., the houses belonged to elderly individuals who had passed away. In both Burglaries, the Burglars were looking for guns, medication, jewelry and loose change. Investigators believe all three reports are related. The Sheriff's Office also took a report of a Vehicle Burglary on Crestwood Rd. In that Vehicle Burglary, electronics, cash and medication were stolen. All of these Burglaries are taking place in the late night/early morning hours. If you see any suspicious people or vehicles in your area late at night or early in the morning, please contact the Massac County Sheriff's Office at (618)524-2912 or through our TIPS page.
On 09/24/14 a Sheriff's Deputy located a large case on Liberty Ridge Rd. It is believed that the case may have fallen off of a vehicle as it traveled on Liberty Ridge Rd. We would like to return the case and it's contents back to the rightful owner. If you are the owner or know the owner, please contact the Sheriff's Office at (618)524-2912.
Deputies were called to a Domestic Disturbance in the area of the Country Club. Deputies arrived and found 30 year old Shaunna Hornback of Metropolis yelling at family members. Deputies learned that Hornback had driven to a family members residence with a suspended drivers license. Deputies determined that Hornback was also intoxicated. Deputies later determined that Hornback had used her vehicle in an attempt to run over a family member and also used her vehicle to strike another vehicle intentionally. Hornback was arrested and charged with DUI, Criminal Damage to Property, Driving on a Suspended License and Aggravated Assault.
The Massac County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a white male who had fired a gun at individuals on the street in Joppa. Deputies were able to identify the person who fired the gun as 28 year old Jerimy Harlan of Metropolis. A warrant was issued and Harlan was located and arrested without incident. Harlan was charged with Reckless Discharge of a Firearm and Aggravated Assault.
On 08/03/14 the Massac County Sheriff's Office began an investigation involving child pornography. Deputies were lead to 21 year old Andrew Phillips of Brookport. Deputies
located images on a device that they believe to be nude children under the age of 18. Images that were also discovered on the device lead Deputies to believe that Phillips was sexually abusing a minor. Andrew Phillips was arrested and is being held at the Massac County Detention Center on charges of Aggravated Child Pornography and Aggravated
Criminal Sexual Abuse and is awaiting bond to be set. Phillips is a registered sex offender in Massac County. In November 2013, Phillips pled guilty to Possession of Child Pornography in Massac County Circuit Court.
We recently became aware of another Craigslist scam in the area. The scam is not a new one but we wanted to share it so that you can be better prepared if you find yourself in this situation. In this Craigslist scam, the buyer commits to buy the item the person has listed on Craigslist. The buyer then talks the seller into sending money for shipping, usually via Western Union. The buyer tells the seller that they will refund the money for shipping at the time the buyer pays the seller. We recommend using a service like PayPal to make transactions and never as a seller should you pay for something the seller is going to pay for. If you as a seller are responsible for setting up shipping, have the buyer pay the shipping up front. Scammers have become sophisticated enough that they can make their phone number appear as a legitimate business located at a legitimate address when in fact they are located on the other side of the planet. They can send and receive emails that look official from company's such as PayPal and Craigslist. Remember, if you feel uneasy about an online transaction, back out.
On 04/21/14 at around 4 P.M. Massac County Dispatch was notified by the Johnson County Sheriff's Department that a Johnson County Deputy was pursuing a stolen vehicle on Interstate 24 heading into Massac County. Deputies along with Officers from the Metropolis Police Department and Brookport Police Department along with Illinois State Troopers set up a block near the 37 mile marker. The vehicle being pursued was a stolen box truck. Authorities were able to get the stolen box truck stopped just before the I-24 bridge construction. 21 year old Ryan L. Baker from Plano, IL was taken into custody without incident. 19 year old Cameron T. Olson of Oswego, IL fled from the vehicle on foot. Olson was captured after a short foot chase. Both were taken into custody by Johnson County Deputies and lodged at the Massac County Detention Center. Johnson County Sheriff's Department handled the report and no charges are expected in Massac County. At the time of the arrest, Massac County was unaware of where the box truck was reported stolen.