5 arrested, 3 at large after Monroe Radio Shack burglary, 2-county chase

5 arrested, 3 at large after Monroe Radio Shack burglary, 2-county chase
Green County Sheriff's Office
Tynario Rashard Brown, Kneirah V. Johnson, Alexis Marylinn Beyer, Michael Lavell Bush Jr. and Diamond Rikki Madison

Five people were arrested and three remain at large after a Radio Shack burglary in Monroe early Tuesday, police said.

The Monroe Police Department said a witness called police at 2:49 a.m. to report that the Radio Shack at 301 Sixth Avenue W was being burglarized.

The caller told police that five people, dressed in black with their faces concealed, were seen running out of the closed store carrying items. The caller said they were seen entering two vehicles.

The witness followed the vehicles, talking with 911 on a cellphone, east on Highway 11. After about 2 miles, Monroe police and Green County Sheriff’s Office vehicles caught up to the suspected burglars and began a pursuit. The suspects were in a Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV and a Kia Optima sedan.

The pursuit continued at high speeds east on Highway 11, and near Highway 11 and County Road OK, according to the report.

The Green County Sheriff’s Office deployed tire deflation devices to stop the vehicles, officials said. The SUV ran over the devices and tires were deflated. The SUV continued on flat tires for about a mile and finally stopped near Highway 11 and County Road G. The driver, later identified as 18-year-old Alexis Marylinn Beyer of Aurora, Illinois, was captured. Three people fled from the vehicle south into farm fields, police said. They were still at large Tuesday at about 10 a.m, according to the report.

The Kia sedan continued to flee east on Highway 11 through Brodhead, pursued by Green County deputies and Brodhead police, and into Rock County, officials said. The occupants of the Kia were seen throwing out a bag, which was recovered and contained cellphones taken from the Radio Shack, police said.

Police attempted to stop the car with tire deflation devices, which finally stopped the car in Janesville.

The driver, Diamond Rikki Madison, 21, of Aurora, Illinois, along with passengers Michael Lavell Bush Jr., 25, of Aurora, Tynario Rashard Brown, 21, of Aurora and Kneirah V. Johnson, 18, of Montgomery, Illinois, were taken into custody.

All five suspects were taken to the Green County Jail in Monroe. No one was injured in the incident, police said.

Police said Beyer and Madison, the drivers, both face felony charges of knowingly fleeing an officer.

Bush, Brown and Johnson each face felony charges of party to the crime of burglary.

Police said the cellphones and other goods taken from the store are worth about $90,000. Monroe police said detectives believe a large amount of the stolen merchandise was recovered.

Police Chief Fred Kelley said the witness who called police to report the crime is credited with being a large factor in the recovery of the merchandise and arrests.

The incident remained under investigation Tuesday, police said. Officers are still searching for the three suspects who fled the SUV on Highway 11.