BUSHNELL — McDonough County sheriff’s deputies were able to recover some items stolen during recent auto burglaries in Bushnell.
According to a press release by sheriff’s detective Mike Pilate, the investigation started out of numerous reports of burglaries from autos reported on April 15.
The subsequent investigation led to Michael E. Diercks, 18, of La Harpe as a suspect. Deputies recovered stolen fishing equipment during the investigation. Money was also stolen, but was not recovered.
According to Pilate, Diercks reportedly used the money to buy cigarettes. Pilate said the vehicles were unlocked, and Diercks was able to access them overnight.
Diercks faces four counts of burglary from an auto, one count of possession of stolen property and theft of $500 or less. His bond is set at $1,000 cash.
Through further investigation, deputies also arrested Brandon Lee Hughes, 21, and Daphne Nicole Keithley, 21, both of Bushnell. Both face charges of burglary from a vehicle and possession of stolen property. A 17-year-old and 15-year-old, both of Bushnell, were referred to juvenile probation in connection with the burglaries.
Deputies and the Bushnell Police Department recovered numerous items stolen from vehicles, including a jumper pack, wireless Bluetooth speaker, radar detector, cordless drill, tablet and numerous knives.

Possible thefts
from WIU parking lots
Pilate told the Voice that through their interviews with suspects they learned that multiple vehicles had been entered on campus at Western Illinois University.
Anyone who has had items stolen from their vehicle in the early morning hours on April 16 and April 17 while parked in Q-Lot east, L-lot or in the Wesley lot west of Horrabin Hall should call the sheriff’s office or contact WIU Office of Public Safety to speak with a detective.
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