Teens arrested in Sterling liquor store heist

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Joseph Brooks, left, and Frederick Snapp were arrested along with a 16-year-old boy in connection with a liquor store burglary in Sterling, Illinois.

STERLING, Ill.— UPDATED:  Three teenagers arrested in connection with a liquor store burglary are now charged with stealing liquor from another Sterling store.

Joseph Brooks, 19 and Frederick Snapp, 18, along with a 16-year-old Rock Falls boy, are charged with burglary in connection with two thefts of alcohol on the same day at County Market Store, 210 West Third Street in Sterling.

Snapp is also charged with two counts of unlawfull possession of alcohol.

The three were previously charged with burglary in connection with a break-in at Broadway Liquors that happened the same day as the County Market thefts.

Snapp and Brooks remained in the Whiteside County jail and the juvenile was held at the Mary Davis Detention Center in Galesburg.



Police say they arrested three teenagers in connection with a break-in at Broadway Liquors in Sterling, Illinois.

The burglary happened in the early-morning hours of Wednesday, February 1, 2012.  Police said three men reportedly forced their way into the store, at 301 Broadway Boulevard, and took an undisclosed amount of merchandise.

Hours later, the first of three teens suspected in the break-in turned himself in to police.  Joseph Brooks, 19, of Sterling, surrendered at the Sterling Police Department just after 8 a.m.

Police said they arrested Frederick Snapp, 18, of Sterling, at 2:30 p.m. that same day.

Minutes later, a 16-year-old boy from Rock Falls, Illinois was arrested at the Whiteside County Courthouse in Sterling.  He was taken to the Mary Davis Juvenile Detention Center in Galesburg, Illinois.

Brooks and Snapp were held in the Whiteside County Jail.

All three teens were charged with class 2 felony burglary.