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OTTAWA — A La Salle County grand jury has indicted a man charged in an attempted January break-in at the Hegeler Carus Mansion in La Salle, during which a priceless heirloom was damaged.
Ronald J. Doll, 39, of 1411 Bluff St., Peru (also listed at 1507 N.E. Glendale Ave., No. 2, Peoria) was indicted Tuesday on a charge of attempted burglary, a Class 3 felony carrying 2-5 years in prison.
Doll will appear Thursday for arraignment and for a pre-trial hearing on pending charges including unlawful use of a debit card for allegedly stealing a debit card to make unauthorized purchases.
As previously reported, mansion caretakers reported on Jan. 27 that a suspect threw a brick through the window of the home’s gymnasium and used a garbage can to break through the rear lower-level door, activating mansion alarms.
Kelly Klobucher, executive director of Hegeler Carus Foundation, said the alarms kept the would-be intruder from making full entry. No items were reported missing. However, the brick damaged not only the window but also a 19th century horizontal ladder (an antique workout device similar to monkey bars) in the gymnasium. La Salle police were led to Doll through a tip and a pair of statements, including one by Doll.
“We are grateful to the La Salle police for their diligence in pursuing the people responsible for the vandalism and break-in at the Hegeler Carus Mansion last January,” Kelly said. “We appreciate all of their efforts to solve this case and the ongoing support from the community.”
Also indicted Tuesday were: David Head, 23, of Chana (aggravated unlawful use of a weapon); Brian Harden, 25, of Streator (new count: unlawful possession of a controlled substance); Amanda Wilson, 34, of Mendota (three counts of forgery); Laura Gruenwald, 48, of Peru (criminal damage to property; criminal defacement of property); Jeff Allen, 21, of Chicago (unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver); Alec Goetsch, 19, of Ottawa (residential burglary); Robert Harden, 39, of Marseilles (aggravated DUI); Jason Anderson, 34, of Ottawa (burglary); Christian Brein, 25, of Oglesby (new counts: burglary); Mitchell Hansen, 22, of La Salle (aggravated battery); Donald Billingsley, 42, of La Salle (unlawful possession of a controlled substance); Diamonte Torres-Bumuski, 20, of Oglesby (criminal damage to state-supported property); Nicholas Galvan, 51, of Sterling (aggravated DUI); Alfonso Avila Cisneros, 55, of Lynwood, Calif. (unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver); Reynaldo Vasquez, 51, of Jamaica, N.Y. (unlawful possession of cannabis); Jessica Holloway, 26, of Streator (unlawful delivery of a controlled substance); Anthony Johnson, 28, of La Salle (unlawful delivery of a controlled substance); Matthew Hazelwood, 31, of Mendota (unlawful delivery of a controlled substance); Tyler Skerett, 19, of Chicago (unlawful delivery of a controlled substance); Cara Roberts, 31, of Princeton (unlawful possession of a controlled substance); Toby Harper, 34, of Hollowayville (unlawful delivery of a controlled substance).
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