See Something Say Something Pays Off

See something say something

We’ve all heard the phrase, See Something, Say Something and that’s what a citizen in Blue Grass, Iowa did.  He observed two suspicious looking people who looked like they were trying to break into cars.  The resident called the police who responded with a description of them.

The two were seen getting into a Silver Dodge Durango which they parked behind the Blue Grass Pub and Grub.  They then walked away from it.

The officer stopped the two and found that the Durango they were hanging around was stolen on Halloween from the same parking lot.

Javarro Juan Benton Jr., 18 and a 17-year-old were charged with one count of 1st-degree theft which under Iowa law carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. They were also charged with 3rd degree attempted burglary for up to another year in jail.

Benton was also charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. When booked they found that he was also wanted in Indiana for theft and burglary charges.

The 17-year-old was fingerprinted and released to a guardian.

Blue Grass Police Chief Garret Jahns said of the incident

“If people see something they need to say something,” Jahns said. “We hear 1,000 times people say they thought they saw something but didn’t think it was important.

“We’d much rather have people call 911 and if it’s nothing that’s fine, but if it is something we’re there to take care of it,” he said.

“If you’re doing criminal activity in a small town, you’re going to get caught,” Jahns said. “You can’t hide in a small town. Everybody knows everybody.”

Please remember, when you see something be sure to say something.  You never know, you might help the police to take down a wanted criminal as this person did.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, is what my parents taught me.

Quotes are from Thomas Geyer article on Quad-city Times.


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