January 29, 2013 | 02:28 PMELKHORN — A suspected burglar was arrested after a silent alarm was activated at a Genoa City tavern.
Kory L. Myerson, 20, 9815 US 14, Harvard, Ill., has been charged with allegedly burglarizing the taverns 332 Fellows in Genoa City and In the Drink in Geneva Township.
Myerson faces two felony charges of burglary and two felony charges of possession of burglary tools.
He faces up to 32 years imprisonment and $70,000 in fines on the felony charges.
Myerson also faces misdemeanor charges for theft, resisting or obstructing an officer and two counts of criminal damage to property.
Those charges carry an additional maximum penalty of three years imprisonment and $40,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Jan. 16 at 2:38 a.m., Genoa City police responded to a silent alarm that was activated at 332 Fellows Road.
When a police officer arrived, he could hear scraping and banging noises from inside of the tavern.
The officer also saw an ATM that appeared to have been pushed out of the building.
A person was standing on the ATM.
The officer pointed his rifle at the person and demanded that the person stop, but the suspect fled.
Other law enforcement agencies and a K-9 unit were brought in to assist in the search for the suspect.
Police eventually found Myerson inside of a garage on Fellows Road. Inside of his pockets police found a mask and a large amount of cash.
Myerson also told police he hurt his ankle after he had slipped in the Nippersink creek.
On Jan. 15 at 5:30 a.m., police went to In the Drink for a report of a burglary. Video surveillance from the bar showed a person wearing a mask climbing over the bar with a hammer.
The person in the video took two bottles of liquor and two cases of Red Bull from the basement of the bar.
Myerson admitted to police that he had worn the mask the other night in Lake Como. He also said he had dropped a hammer at 332 Fellows.
Police report that the hammer found at the Genoa City tavern matched the one in the video surveillance footage from the burglary at the In the Drink.
The suspect in that robbery also appeared to be wearing the same mask found on Myerson.