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.