The Effingham Police Department apprehended two juveniles Thursday in connection with string of burglaries that occurred the week of February 20.
Both incidents occurred at the former Jumpin’ Jimmy’s Gas Station and Jimmy’s Wine Cellar at 2303 S. Banker in Effingham, now owned by St. John’s Bank of St. Louis. In the early morning of February 20 Police were called to investigate a possible burglary at Jumpin’ Jimmy’s gas station after a report of broken glass in the door frame. Police determined that an unknown amount of merchandise had been stolen. On February 26, an officer observed that glass in the door of Jimmy’s Wine Cellar had been broken. Multiple bottles of alcohol, and other merchandise, had been stolen.
Later in the evening on that same day, while responding to an unrelated call, officers located evidence which connected the suspects to the two burglaries. Further investigation led to the arrest of the two 14-year-old suspects on Thursday. Both are from Effingham.
“The teamwork displayed by Bureau of Patrol Officers and Bureau of Criminal Investigations Detectives lead to the quick resolution of these crimes. I’m extremely proud of everyone’s effort in this investigation” stated Chief Fuesting.