Three Davenport residents were arrested early Sunday in connection with 32 commercial burglaries in Davenport, Eldridge and rural Scott County, according to Davenport police.

Davenport detectives worked throughout early morning Sunday to execute five search warrants and conduct interviews, said Donald E. Schaeffer, assistant chief of police.

Undercover detectives from the Tactical Operations Bureau made the initial arrest about 1 a.m. Sunday with assistance from Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives. They recovered a .45-caliber handgun and property or evidence from the burglaries dating back to November that occurred mostly in Davenport, with two in Eldridge and one in rural Scott County.

Brandon Alexander Barnett, 19; Shane Dean Smeltzer, 18; and Joshua Lane Hayes, 19, all of Davenport, face multiple felony charges.

Barnett, of 1930 75th Place, was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Sunday at 416 N. Harrison St. He faces two charges of third-degree burglary and one count of second-degree criminal mischief. Barnett allegedly is connected to these burglaries, according to police:

About 12:35 a.m. Jan. 14, Dance Works, 2411 W. Central Park Ave. Officers observed fresh footprints in the snow believed to have been left by the suspects. Officers followed the footprints and found that the suspects ran past surveillance cameras at a business to the west. Evidence technicians photographed the shoe prints, which were compared to the same impressions found at several other commercial burglaries.

Jan. 15: A burglary was reported to have occurred about 10 p.m. at the Enchanted Inn, 4815 S. Concord St. Barnett was identified in a surveillance video. Suspects caused property damage in excess of $1,000 but less than $10,000.

Jan. 20: After he was read his Miranda rights, Barnett admitted he was involved in the burglaries and gave details of the crimes. He was wearing the same sweatshirt and hat he wore during the Enchanted Inn burglary and the same shoes he wore during both burglaries.

Smeltzer, of 7111 Volquardsen St., was arrested about 2 p.m. Sunday at 416 N. Harrison St. He faces six charges of third-degree burglary and one charge of conspiracy to commit a property-related felony. He is allegedly connected to these burglaries, according to police:

Between 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and shortly before 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at Tri State Engine Service, 3139 W. 73rd St.

Between 10:33 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7:37 a.m. Dec. 7 at Midwest Seafood, 5406 Sheridan St.

Between 11 a.m. Jan. 6 and 6:35 a.m. Jan. 7 at Red Hawk Golf Course, 6364 Northwest Blvd.

Between 5:45 p.m. Jan. 9 and 6:06 a.m. Jan. 10 at Elliott Equipment, 3100 W. 76th St.

Between 3 p.m. Jan. 13 and 8 a.m. Jan. 14 at Dance Works, 2411 W. Central Park Ave. 

Between 2:30 a.m. Jan. 13 and 10:57 a.m. Jan. 15 at Dee’s Enchanted Inn, 4815 S. Concord St. 

Police allege that Smeltzer was part of a conspiracy to commit felony burglary and second-degree theft at these businesses.

Hayes, of 1709 W. 68th St., was arrested about 9:52 a.m. Sunday at 6807 Northwest Blvd. He faces charges of interference with official acts-bodily injury, third-degree criminal mischief, six counts of third-degree burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit a property felony. Hayes is accused of being involved in the burglaries at Tri State Engine Service, Midwest Seafood, Red Hawk Golf Course, Elliott Equipment, Dance Works and Dee’s Enchanted Inn.

He also is accused of backing his vehicle into a Davenport Police vehicle, causing between $500 and $1,000 in damage after detectives approached him and identified themselves as police officers shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday, according to police. Police said he refused to follow verbal directions to get out of the car. While police removed him from the vehicle, Hayes resisted arrest, which resulted in injury to a detective’s right hand, middle finger and right knee and also to the defendant.

The investigation continues, and additional charges could be filed, according to Schaeffer.

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Guess I need to watch more closely. I have always associated a thug with violence against a person (battery, assault, etc.) and punks as spineless, negative little jerks without the kahunas to be a thug.

Personally, if I were going to labeled as one of them, think i would rather be a thug than a punk.

More glad that I am neither.


Oh yeah innocent mistake I'm sure... and 2of3 have FB profiles with visible pictures of marijuana plants? They are trying to be good citizens I'm sure! BS that no one believes, hopefully the legal system doesn't either.
Make them pay and if they are good we won't see them in the paper again but I would bet my paycheck this will not be their last appearance.


Devin H, your just being dumb.


Well Johnny, I don't see his comment as dumb at all. This seems to be the norm on many of the comments when addressing one race or the other.
But as I see it, when people of any race don't know how to be productive citizens, lock their behinds up until they can conform to the constructive ways of life.
All too often though, I see the African Americans getting prison time, while the Caucasians seem to get probation or a slap on the wrist. Fair is fair don't you think? Treat ALL criminals the same. Address all criminals the same, regardless of race, gender or financial status.

Devin H
Devin H

Apparently, white criminals are punks and black ones are thugs. Interesting.


Punks? Thugs? Aren't these the same thing? These guys are both. Are you really politicizing this as a race thing?

Yeah, three more thugs off the streets!

That better?

Devin H
Devin H

I don't see anyone calling THESE three guys Thugs. I wonder why? What is Thugs slang for????


Jdb, I've read nothing but excuses, your a complete idiot.


Mondaymorning, Boshabe and Jmho WELL SAID, I rest my case.


If the police put as much time and effort catching child molesters as they did catching these weasels this place would be almost bearable almost


Your off the cuff remark is ridiculous. What makes you think the police don't put effort into catching child molesters?? You have no clue what you are talking about.




"While police removed him from the vehicle, Hayes resisted arrest, which resulted in injury to a detective’s right hand, middle finger and right knee and also to the defendant."

LOL. definitely looks like hayes ate a couple hands and/or knees.

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jdb- Well aren't you just a piece of work! There is a huge difference between "doing something wrong" and engaging in a burglary ring. And since they've committed crimes in the past, they obviously didn't learn anything from that, now did they? Are you want "respect" for these guys?? Here's a news flash for you: Respect is EARNED!! Burglars, thieves, druggies, wife beaters, etc. do NOT earn respect with criminal activity. And I love it when people like you claim that police " harass" them for "doing nothing wrong". Oh, yeah right. Everyday the police get together and decide who to "harass" because they have nothing better to do, right? And the police also like to jeopardize their careers by "framing" people? Are you really this naive??

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I really hope that you aren't trying to make Josh out to be some sort of innocent bystander. He drove his car into a squad car when they stopped him. Obviously he did something wrong. I live in the same neighborhood as two of these guys and we have had nothing but problems with people breaking in to houses and garages. One of which was a well known vacant house. Seems to me like these are 3 idiots that need to be in jail for their own safety along with the all of ours.


jdb - Seriously? Treat them with respect?! You HAVE to be kidding! The damage these guys did to other peoples property was far from respectful. They have left a huge mess for many people to deal with from repairs to insurance to things that cannot be replaced. They do NOT deserve respect. They deserve jail time. Your boy, Joshua, needs to pick new friends if he doesn't want to go down on the ship. The consequences they all get are directly related to their choices.


Im saying they dont need their mug shots all over the place put urself in the parents, friends,familys positions. yes they made a huge mistake i agree with that yes they need to pay for what they did. if econamy wasnt so hard then ppl wouldnt do this kind of stuff. yes it dont make it right but put urself in other peoples shoes and realize things happen cause of ppl around them. Joshua was trying to get himself outta here but look where that got him jobless and living at home with mom. because everything has to have college to do anything except work at mcdonalds or other fast food restraunts. have respect for others. even if u dont agree with what they have done. EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES.


Well, maybe he should have tried college instead of crime. Are you seriously saying that the reason these three committed these robberies was because of the economy? What a slap in the face to struggling people everywhere. Did they sell the stuff they stole and use it to pay rent? I do have empathy for the families of these boys, however, they knew the risks when they decided to commit the crimes. Now, again, I say, they have left a LOT of people with a big mess to clean up because of their choices. I haven't heard you address those people and the respect they deserve. They were completely innocent victims who now have to deal with this. Do you think THOSE people would like these mug shots in the paper? I think it's a public service to let others know to lock your stuff up around them. Sorry, but I am having a hard time mustering up any sympathy because they got their picture in the paper.


I know when I was 18 or 19, I had all of car insurance, gas, and a little bit of rent I split 4 ways with roommates. A Micky-D';s part time job is more than enough for a teenager.


Do something stupid, get arrested, you get to become... What is it? A PUBLIC RECORD.


just because Barnett admitted to the crimes doesnt mean he should get away with more then the others also.


Edwards, they are adults, the youngest one is 18. I hope they punish these punks real good. I Wonder if their parents are law abiding and tell us more about the gun, whose name is it registered in?

Always right

Nice work law enforcement catching these burglars.


Good job LEOs!


Finally! Hope that they get punished like adults if they are going to act like it! I am betting that they have gotten away with too much already in the past!

Family man

Get them off the streets, we have no use for thieves. I hope they get more than a slap on the wrist though!


Good job to everyone involved in catching these criminals! Three more punks off the street!

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