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Posted on: March 16, 2023

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(Peoria, IL) – Wednesday, March 15, 2023, local law enforcement officers conducted another Directed Patrol Detail. This detail included members of the Peoria Police Department’s Special Investigations Division (SID), Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Neighborhood Services Unit (NSU), Illinois State Police (Troop 4) Zone 4 DCI and ISP Air Operations. There was a total of 32 plus law enforcement officers participating in this detail.
In keeping with departmental transparency, the following summarizes the results of yesterday’s efforts:
Approximately 51 vehicle stops were conducted, resulting in several citations and numerous warnings. Six arrests were made. Two stolen vehicles were recovered. 11 tickets were issued, one ordinance violation was issued, 2 vehicles were impounded, and one abandoned vehicle was towed. Below is a brief synopsis of major incidents during the detail.
• 3200 block of N. Dries: At approximately 6:46 p.m. Officers responded to the above location on a report of vehicle burglaries. When officers arrived, they located a 12-year-old male juvenile and a 13-year-old male juvenile running away from the scene. After a brief foot chase both juveniles were apprehended and placed into custody without incident. The juveniles were arrested for Attempted Motor Vehicle Theft and Criminal Damage to Property. They were later released into the custody of their parents. 
PPD Incident #23-4567
• 2300 block of W. Garden: At approximately 6:51 p.m. Officers responded to the above location on a Shot Spotter alert of 30 rounds fired. Moments later, 3 additional rounds were fired in the same location. When officers arrived, they located several houses and vehicles struck by gunfire. During the course of the investigation, officers learned that two juveniles were firing fully automatic handguns at a passing car. No one was injured. The suspects then fled on foot. 
A PPD K9 was brought in to assist officers track the suspects with negative results. This incident is under investigation. 
PPD Incident #23-4568
• Additional Information: There were no reports of stolen vehicles during the detail.
(SID) - In addition to this detail, SID officers conducted covert operations associated with ongoing investigations involving known violent offenders.
(CID) -Detectives conducted follow ups involving active violent cases and assisted detail officers with the ShotSpotter investigation.
Message from Chief Echevarria:
“The City of Peoria is currently experiencing an uptick in juvenile crimes. Parents, we need your help! We need you to be responsible and know where your children are at all times. Many crimes are happening during curfew hours. The curfew was put in place to make sure juveniles are safe at home with their families and not on our streets committing crimes. We all must do our part to make sure our streets are safe for all community members day and night. PLEASE KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE AT ALL TIMES!”
**All suspects and arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. **

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