January 05, 2017: SHERIFF'S SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE
Two suspects that are believed to have committed the recent December 15th burglary at the Eastside Farm Sales on County Hwy DR, in Monroe Township, are in custody today in neighboring Grant County.
Grant County Sheriff Nate Dreckman has reported the arrest of James Stroup (46) and Nina Patrick (27), of Rockford, IL, after leaving the scene of a burglary at an implement dealership south of Platteville. Stroup had been previously identified as a suspect in similar crimes in four other states including Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Indiana. Through the use of a GPS tracking device installed on the suspect’s vehicle, the Illinois State Police were able to alert the Grant County Sheriff’s Office of Stroup’s return to the location of a previous break in. Deputies subsequently stopped the car and discovered stolen property.
James Stroup has admitted involvement to as many as 41 such burglaries, including two in Grant County, one in Rock County, and the December incident in Monroe Township, which, in itself, resulted in the loss of over $9,000.00 of Stihl chainsaws and related power equipment. Sheriff Dreckman credited the multiple law enforcement agencies for their investigative work, which culminated in these arrests.
Stroup and Patrick are being held without bail pending arraignment on local criminal charges, consequently allowing the Green County authorities the same opportunity. The public is reminded that arrests are based upon probable cause, and that persons charged are presumed innocent until conviction.
Authority: Sheriff Mark A. Rohloff