Local police say they have citizens to thank for the arrests of three home invasion suspects. The tips investigators received helped to connect the dots, leading them to the suspects.
Tips can come in a number of ways. After a crime is committed, police go door to door asking questions. Other times people call in to the anonymous Crimestoppers phone line. In this case, tips came in directly to the Rockford and Winnebago County police departments.
Lieutenant Marc Welsh with the Rockford Police department says, "We received a lot of information from citizens in the city of Rockford and Winnebago county. and just to reiterate that, the information that the citizens provide us is very important to not only this investigation but also to all investigations."
Two different people called in to the Winnebago County Sheriffs department with information. Each were nearby Favor Road around the time of the home invasion.
"One was from out of state, he had business in Wisconsin, but is in Illinois a lot, he called, and then there was another gentleman that called. They both had about the same bit of information but it was crucial to us because it fit in to the timeline, it fit into a description and it fit into the general scenario, and plug those gaps," says Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers.
With the help of these tips, Coreyon Brown was arrested near Central and Sherman Avenue in Rockford around midnight on May 3rd. Cortez Brown turned himself in to police a few hours later.
"Imagine you have 1000 pieces of a puzzle to put together and somebody scatters them throughout the entire community," says Sheriff Meyers. "Whenever you see something maybe meaningless, when you pick that up and give it to the police, they can attach it to all the other pieces we picked up. Pretty soon things come together."
Sheriff Meyers says if you ever have any information about a crime, it does not matter which department you call. Police will make sure the tips make their way into the right hands."
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