Police Briefs: Dec. 24
Suspected burglar lands back in jail
A suspected serial burglar in Quincy has been arrested again less than two weeks after serving time for breaking into three local businesses.
Kennedy Morales, 25, of Quincy was arrested on Sunday on charges of second-degree burglary and third-degree malicious mischief.
Morales was apparently identified in a video attempting to break into the Habitat for Humanity store two days before.
The video shows a man hopping a fence at the thrift store and then trying to open the door with a screwdriver, police reports say.
Morales recently spent some 45 days in jail for breaking into ACE Hardware, the Quincy Chevron Gas & Mini-Mart and Quincy Hardware & Lumber; he was released on Dec. 8. He was listed in the Grant County Jail again on Wednesday.
2 men arrested for attempted burglary
Two Quincy men were arrested on Monday for walking up to a couple’s home and demanding they turn over their money and other items.
Arrested were Leslie Silva Diaz, 24, and Gustavo Tapia Jr. , 20. The men were arrested on charges of attempted residential burglary, third-degree malicious mischief, fourth-degree assualt and harassment.
Police seek a third suspect, a 17-year-old Quincy male who allegedly was with the men during the incident.
Quincy police say Diaz and Tapia were arrested at nearly 11 p.m. on Sunday after the homeowners identified them as the suspects.
The men allegedly knocked on the homeowners’ door and made their demands; however, the homeowner scared them off with a pocket knife, Chief Bob Heimbach said.
Later, one of the homeowners heard a popping sound outside. When he went to investigate, he found a tire on his vehicle had been popped, Heimbach said.
Tapia was listed in the Grant County Jail on Wednesday; however, Diaz had been released on bond.