MONTICELLO — A Monticello man who was out on bond for a November 2011 burglary in Mansfield was arrested last week in connection with a burglary at a Bement gas station.
According to a Piatt County sheriff's report, deputies were called to the Stop and Go gas station, 249 S. Macon St., Bement, on Thursday after an alarm was activated. When they arrived, they discovered that cash and cigarettes had been removed from the store.
According to the report, video surveillance footage gave deputies an idea of what the man looked like. A police dog was used to track the burglar, helping deputies to learn which way the burglar had traveled and to recover items used in the burglary.
After deputies talked with people in the community, they developed a list of potential suspects and a description of the vehicle used by the burglar.
Police located Richard W. Richardson, 30, who listed an address in rural Monticello, in the parking lot of the Casey's General Store in Sullivan in possession of a vehicle matching the description given in Bement.
Police arrested him for burglary and took him to the Piatt County Jail. His bond has been set at $50,000.
At the time of this arrest, Richardson was out of jail after posting 10 percent of a $20,000 bond for a burglary to the BP gas station in Mansfield on Nov. 20, 2011. In that case, Richardson is accuxed of using an object to break out the front glass to the building to gain entry. Richardson was arrested on Feb. 16 after surveillance video of the incident was sent to The News-Gazette and other media.