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Citizen tips off police after two men burglarize building at cemetery in Harvard

Bradley Tucker, 18, (left) and Jose “Alan” Medina, 19, both of Harvard.

With the help of a smart thinking citizen, police arrested two men who burglarized a building at a cemetery in Harvard and stole a utility vehicle.

Jose “Alan” Medina, 19, and Bradley Tucker, 18, both of Harvard, were charged with burglary, a Class 2 felony, and theft, a Class 3 felony. Medina faces additional charges of criminal damage to property and criminal trespass.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office was called on Thursday to the Mount Auburn Cemetery, 20501 East Brink Street in unincorporated Harvard, for a report of a burglary.

Deputies discovered that a building had been broken into and a John Deere Gator utility vehicle had been stolen.

While deputies were on the scene, the sheriff’s office was notified by a citizen who reported they had just purchased a new John Deere Gator from a man, later identified as Medina, off of Craigslist.

The citizen confirmed with the local John Deere dealer after the sale that the vehicle had recently been purchased by the cemetery. The citizen realized the situation was suspicious and called police.

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Deputies identified Medina and Tucker as suspects and supporting evidence was developed, the sheriff’s office said.

Medina and Tucker were arrested the same day of the incident and transported to the McHenry County jail where they were ordered held on a $40,000 bond.

“The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the integrity of the reporting citizen and the local John Deere dealer,” officials said.

Anyone who observes suspicious or criminal activity is asked to contact the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office at 815-338-2144.