Gurnee, IL – On 11/23/2011 at 8:01 AM, the Gurnee Police Department responded to a report of a home burglary in the 200 block of Hickory Haven Drive West. Neighbors had been keeping a watch on the home for the residents who were out of town. One of the neighbors noticed a side door to the home was open. Further investigation revealed that the home had been forcefully entered and a number of items had been taken from the home. Items taken were some jewelry and cash.
A canvass of the neighborhood was conducted and one of the neighbors provided information about a subject walking down the street with a shopping bag. They were driving home the night before, a little after 7:00 PM and saw the subject walking and then he was picked up by a vehicle. They thought it was suspicious and wrote down the license plate number for the car. That information eventually lead investigators to the suspect.
An arrest warrant for residential burglary, theft and enhanced theft was approved by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office on Monday, 2/6/2012. The Lake County Sheriff’s Warrant Division located the suspect on 2/7/12 and he was taken into custody.
Arrested was William Shane Nichols, 41, with a last known address in Zion. Bond was set at $100,000. Nichols was unable to post bond and was remanded to the Lake County Jail.
Gurnee Police Chief Kevin Woodside said “This was an excellent example of residents working in partnership with the police. There is an active Neighborhood Watch program in the area where this burglary occurred. Neighbors watching out for each other and taking notice of something that looked suspicious in their neighborhood directly resulted in the identification of a suspect and lead to his arrest. That is what Neighborhood Watch is all about.”
Cmdr. Jay J. Patrick