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Morrison men charged in connection with series of burglaries

MORRISON – Police say a trio of Morrison men are facing a bundle of criminal felony charges after being linked to a series of burglaries reported across Whiteside County.

Authorities arrested 18-year-old Logan D. Smith, 25-year-old Colton M. Merema and 46-year-old Jamison E. Smith after searching a residence in rural Morrison on Thursday, finding items reported stolen, the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

According to court documents, both Logan Smith and Merema on Aug. 30 broke into and stole items from a residence at 18876 Mellots Road.

The pair also together on Sept. 2 robbed Inter Connection Systems Inc, a solar engineering firm located at 14488 Hillside Road, court documents state.

Court filings further allege that Merema on Aug. 27 broke into and stole items from a residence at 19825 Matthew Road.

Merema is charged with one count of residential burglary, a Class 1 Felony, and two counts of burglary – both Class 2 Felonies.

If convicted of all three charges, Merema could face a total punishment of 10 to 29 years in prison.

He remains at Whiteside County Jail on a $175,000 bond.

Logan Smith is charged with two counts of burglary, each carrying a punishment of 3 to 7 years in prison.

Smith is also charged with one count of possession of 15 to 100 grams of methamphetamine, a Class 1 Felony punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison.

Smith is further charged with one count of unlawful use of weapons for possessing a WARDS Hercules Model 10, 20-gauge shotgun with a barrel less than 18-inches.

That charge, a Class 3 Felony, carries 2 to 5 years in prison.

He is being held in Whiteside County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Jamison Smith, whose connection to the burglaries was not disclosed, is charged with one count of possession of an unknown amount of methamphetamine.

No bond information for Smith was immediately available.

Logan Smith and Merema both have preliminary hearings scheduled for Sept. 28.

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