The Illinois State Police were conducting routine patrols at 10:35 a.m. March 25 on Interstate 80 eastbound, Mile Post 66, when a vehicle was observed following too closely and was stopped for that violation.
The driver of the vehicle, James E. McKinney, 20, of Davenport, Iowa, stated he did not have a driver’s license, and that his license was suspended. Lostant Police Department canine performed a free air sniff of the exterior of the vehicle and gave a positive alert. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed an unrecoverable amount of cannabis residue and numerous items of children’s clothing with the security tags still attached.
McKinney and two passengers, Tarica S. Wright, 25, of Davenport, Iowa, and Deandra M. Cooke, 18, also from Davenport, were transported to ISP District 17 Headquarters for processing. Wright was also wanted on an outstanding warrant from Will County.
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.
McKinney was charged with driving while license suspended. He posted bond and was released. Wright was confined at the LaSalle County Jail for the outstanding warrant, and Cooke was confined at the Bureau County Jail and charged with possession of stolen property over $500.
Authorities in the Quad Cities area are assisting with the ongoing investigation.