What started as a routine traffic stop ended with three people from Davenport in jail when police found $1,200 worth of shoplifted children’s clothes in their vehicle.
Illinois State Police reported stopping a vehicle, for allegedly following another vehicle too closely, just after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 on eastbound Interstate 80 between Ladd and Princeton in Bureau County.
James McKinney, 20, of Davenport, Iowa, was driving but his license was suspended according to police. Officers and a police dog searched the vehicle, and police said they found an “unrecoverable amount of cannabis residue.”
They also found a lot of children’s clothing they think was shoplifted from stores in the Quad Cities area. Security tags were still on some of the clothing.
“The total amount of merchandise was $1,200, which was found to have been stolen from numerous retail stores in the Quad Cities area using a ‘Grab and Run’ method,” according to the report from Illinois State Police.
McKinney was charged with driving while suspended. Police said he was released after posting bond.
Both of his passengers were also arrested.
Jail records show Tricia S. Wright, 25, of Davenport, was released after posting bond at the LaSalle County Jail. Police said Wright was arrested on an unrelated warrant from Will County. Deandra M. Cooke, 18, also of Davenport, was charged with possession of more than $500 worth of stolen property. Jail records show she was released from the Bureau County Jail after posting bond.