A retail theft investigation has led to the recovery of numerous items stolen during a rash of recent burglaries in the Livingston County area.
On 9/2/2020, a Pontiac Police Detective was recovering surveillance video from Walmart, 1706 W. Reynolds Street, regarding a retail theft that occurred the day before. The suspect in the previous theft coincidentally arrived at the store during this video review and proceeded to commit another theft. This suspect, identified as Dane P. Frickey (28) of Pontiac, was stopped outside the store a short while later.
The subsequent interview of Frickey led to the admission of a recent shed burglary in rural Pontiac. A search warrant was later served at 210 S. Mill Street in Pontiac. This search warrant produced numerous items that had previously been reported as stolen, including $25,000 worth of collectible coins, a shotgun, and a significant amount of ammunition.
Also located during the search warrant were methamphetamine, heroin, various drug equipment, and a large amount of tools that are believed to have been stolen.
The incident resulted in the arrest of the following:
Dane P. Frickey (28) Pontiac: BURGLARY (three counts) and RETAIL THEFT. Mr. Frickey is currently on parole from the Illinois Dept. of Corrections
Rocky A. Daniels (40) Pontiac: POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY, POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE, and POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION BY A FELON
Joseph L. Bednar (38) Pontiac: POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE and several outstanding arrest warrants
James D. Synowiecki (36) Pontiac: POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE and POSSESSION OF AMMUNITION BY A FELON
Erin C. Roff (37) Pontiac: POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE
Josephine R. Pitchford (44) Pontiac: POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE
The investigation continues in partnership with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. Further charges are pending the discovery of the additional property being linked to any unsolved burglaries. Citizens are urged to ensure their residences and outbuildings are secured, as well as promptly report any suspicious people to the pertinent law enforcement agency.