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Crime & Courts

Tenant’s police alert leads to arrest in Geneva

GENEVA – An alert tenant who called police about a possible car break-in led to the arrest of a suspect, according to police reports.

Tyler J. Winans, 24, of the 100 block of Syril Drive, Geneva, was charged March 20, with felony burglary and unlawful possession of a vehicle title, registration and license plates and attempted criminal trespass to vehicle, a misdemeanor.

According to police reports, a tenant in an apartment building in the 300 block of Brittany Court saw a man go to her neighbor’s car and try the side door. When it did not open, he then walked to her car. 

From her apartment, she clicked the remote to make sure it was locked. 

The suspect, later identified as Winans, walked away to a black Jeep nearby that was running. He got in and drove away. In the meantime, the tenant called police and gave a description of the suspect and the car he was driving.

Police found Winans with the black Jeep, and numerous pieces of identification on its front seat, according to police reports.

The felony charges carry penalties of one to three years in prison and three to seven years in prison and fines of up to $25,000 on each. The misdemeanor charge has a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Winans’ next court date is Thursday.

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