Rockford man arrested after burglary at Halsted Road Baptist Church

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The male suspect who was seen on camera stealing equipment from the Halsted Road Baptist Church on Tuesday, has been arrested this Thursday. The police have identified him as 48-year-old Steven E. Montavon.

Detectives say due to the clear video evidence, they were able to identify Montavon.

On Wednesday, a Sherriff’s Deputy on patrol found Montavon in the 500 Block of E. State Street and took him into custody.

Jeremiah Griffin, the pastor at Halsted Road Baptist Church, tells Eyewitness News two guitars have been returned. Several other items, including a television and a computer are still missing.

 “Since the news story, people have been calling and giving myself and the detectives tips as to where this guy was and what he was selling, and where he was selling it at,” said Pastor Jeremiah Griffin.

The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the facts of the case and authorized Motavon’s burglary charge.

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Winnebago Sheriff’s Deputies that worked quickly both to process the crime scene but also to track down Mr. Montavon, who was caught on camera stealing the items from Halsted Road Baptist Church,” Griffin said. “Also, I would like to extend our thanks to the good people of Rockford, and those on social media, who came through with more information than you could
imagine. We are grateful for your concern and help.”

Montavon is currently being lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.

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