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Crime & Courts

Genoa cops nab man suspected of stealing change from vehicles

John Muir Jr., 38, of Genoa
John Muir Jr., 38, of Genoa

SYCAMORE – Genoa Police say a man suspected of breaking into cars and stealing loose change was found with drugs on his person.

John M. Muir Jr., 38, of the 800 block of Wilshire Drive, Genoa, was charged with burglary and possession of a controlled substance after police responded to a report of a man with a flashlight entering vehicles near Koch Drive and Central Avenue at 6:38 a.m. Saturday, according to court documents.

If convicted of the more serious crime of possession of a controlled substance, Muir could face up to 15 years in prison.

When police arrived, they saw Muir driving his car and pulled him over, according to court records. After searching him, police found a large amount of loose change in the pocket of his sweatshirt, according to court records.

In plain sight on the floor of the car, police said they also saw a flashlight, two folding knives and a medicine bottle with change in it, according to court records. The label on the bottle bore the name of one of the victims, according to court records.

After a search, police also found a Tylenol bottle with 19 hydrocodone pills in it, according to court records.

While being questioned, Muir admitted to entering the vehicles when he saw loose change, according to court records.

Judge Phillip Montgomery ordered Muir released on his signature on Monday. He is also to be on pretrial supervision.

Muir’s next court date is 9 a.m. on Jan. 3.

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