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Homeowner holds burglar at gunpoint

Elijah T. Greer
Elijah T. Greer

A Rockford man was arrested for residential burglary last week after a Creston resident held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Elijah T. Greer, 25, Rockford, was charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, and is being held at the Ogle County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said when the homeowner came home for lunch on Aug. 15, he opened the garage door and found Greer inside holding some of his belongings.

“He has a concealed carry permit so he held him at gunpoint until we got there,” VanVickle said.

He declined to release the homeowner’s name.

Greer was arraigned in Ogle County Court on Aug. 18, and a preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 30. 

According to a press release from VanVickle, initial reports indicated the potential of additional suspects, but that was unfounded. 

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Hillcrest Police Department, Rochelle Police Department, Illinois State Police, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Police.

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