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Two accused of breaking into Morrison credit union

One man already facing burglary charges in June break-in at church

MORRISON – Two Morrison 18-year-olds were in Whiteside County Jail on Sunday, arrested the day before in connection with a break-in last week at Morrison Community Federal Credit Union.

Colton M. Merema and Alexander “Mart” Wegener each are charged with burglary, which is punishable by 3 to 7 years in prison.

Merema's bond is $75,000; Wegener's is $25,000. Neither had posted as of noon Sunday.

Merema and another man also were arrested in June and charged in two other burglaries.

According to a news release issued Sunday:

Morrison Police responded to an alarm at the credit union, 204 E. Main St., at 1:29 a.m. Tuesday. The alarm was still going when officers arrived, and they saw that a forced entry had been made. Nothing was taken.

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit and the State Police Crime Scene Investigations Unit assisted in the investigation, the release said. No further details were provided.

In the other incident, Merema and Jeremy J. Shaner, 21, each were charged with two counts of burglary in connection with the June 9 break-ins at the administrative office of Crossroads Community Church, 125 W. Main St., and the church’s youth center, 201 W. Market St.

According to police, the two forced their way into the office, got the keys to the youth center and took cash, a computer monitor, a computer keyboard and a video game system.

Merema has a pretrial conference in that case on March 26, with a trial tentatively set for April 22.

In a plea agreement, Shaner pleaded guilty to one count of burglary on Sept. 25, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 4 years' probation.

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