Hamilton Elementary School in Moline was placed on lockdown Thursday after a home near the school was burglarized and a firearm stolen, police said.
Moline Police Detective Michael Griffin said that at about 2 p.m. Moline police responded to a burglary in progress in the 10 block of Vale Court.
The victim advised officers that a firearm had been stolen and that the suspects were running eastbound from the home.
Hamilton School was locked down and officers were dispatched to the school as a precaution.
Moline officers then established a perimeter around the area and two men were seen running through the woods a few minutes later.
The men were captured and three firearms were recovered, Griffin said.
Benjamin R. Wynn, 28, of Milan, and Travon Trice, 34, of Preemption, each were arrested for one count of residential burglary and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Formal state charges are expected to be filed Friday by the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office.
However, federal authorities could take over the charges of felon in possession of a firearm and prosecute Wynn and Trice under the Department of Justice initiative Project Safe Neighborhoods. Instituted in 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods is a Justice Department initiative to reduce gun violence. Unlike state prison, there is no parole in the federal prison system.
Griffin said the investigation into the burglary is on-going. Anyone with information is asked to contact Moline Police at 309-542-2140 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities at 309-762-9500.
-- Thomas Geyer