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Search Involving Air Support Leads to Arrest of Hillsboro Man

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 07:06:26 CDT

An hours-long search on Friday that involved the Illinois State Police Air Operations and the use of a local fire department's drone resulted in the arrest of a Hillsboro man after a reported burglary earlier in the morning.

Russell Oakley, 24, was charged with Burglary, Theft of over $500, Criminal Damage to Property, Resisting a Peace Officer, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Stolen Property.

At 8:17 a.m., a Litchfield City Worker observed a man in the 800 block of West Union Avenue pushing a small motorbike and wearing multiple backpacks. Believing this to be suspicious, the worker continued to watch the subject as he loaded the bike into a red Chevrolet sedan.

A short time later, a Montgomery County Deputy witnessed a vehicle driving erratically on North Road south of Butler Avenue. The deputy began to initiate a traffic stop when the vehicle pulled off the side of the road and a man fled the area on foot. Two other occupants were detained at the scene.

Local residents in the Lakewood Estates area observed the man, who fled into a corn field. Illinois State Police Air Operations and the Litchfield Fire Department Drone were called to the scene, but the subject was not immediately located. Officers briefly cleared the area.

After Lakewood Estates residents saw the man walking in the area, police attempted to stop him. Officers chased him on foot before ultimately apprehending the man, identified as Oakley, and taking him into custody.

Assisting in the investigation were the Litchfield Police, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Hillsboro Police, Illinois State Police, Litchfield Fire Department and Illinois Secretary of State Police.


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