MATTOON -- Police officers recently made three arrests on retail theft charges in two separate cases.
A Mattoon Police Department press release reported that Jennie E. Easter, 34, and Janella Benavides, 48, both of Mattoon, were arrested on this charge at approximately 9 p.m. Monday in the 2000 block of Broadway Avenue. The charge alleges that Benavides stole items from Walmart on July 4 and gave them to Easter, who then returned the stolen items for cash at Walmart. They were issued a court date and released.
Sean A. Conley, 19, of Mattoon was arrested on a retail theft charge at 3 p.m. Monday at the police station. The charge alleges that Conley stole items from County Market on June 15. Mr. Conley was issued a court date and released.
In other matters, Timeka A. Griffin, 21, and Shavonna M. Jenkins, 25, both of Mattoon, were arrested on aggravated battery charges at 10:52 p.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of South Ninth Street after police were called to the area of the Sunrise Apartments regarding a fight in progress.
Police arrived and were told that the two women had been engaged in a physical altercation. While police were on scene, Griffin and Jenkins allegedly began fighting each other again, and had to be restrained by police. Aggravating circumstances to the battery was due to it occurring in a public area. Both were taken to the jail.
Zachary C. Kowalis, 32, of Bethany was arrested on a charge of burglary to motor vehicle at 5:25 p.m. Monday in the 2600 block of Pine Avenue. The charge alleges that Kowalis unlawfully entered a parked and unoccupied vehicle in the 1300 block of Richmond Avenue and stole items from it. Kowalis was taken to the jail.