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One of two accused Sterling armed robbers nabbed in Dixon

STERLING – A parolee, one of two people wanted in a Feb. 3 armed robbery in Sterling, was arrested Tuesday morning in Dixon.

James Zacharias, 26, of Sterling, was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. in the 2200 block of West Fourth Street. He is in Lee County jail pending a bond hearing there; eventually, he will be taken to Whiteside County jail.

Zacharias, a Lee County burglar, was paroled from Jacsksonville Correctional Center on Oct. 19, where he was serving 4 years on two counts of burglary, plus a year for a Will County vehicle title violation.

According to police, he and Samantha Jo Thomas of Sterling, who turned 27 today, used two different weapons to rob a man. She still is on the lam.

In addition to the armed robbery, Zacharias was wanted on a Jan. 27 charge of possession of less than 5 grams of meth in Lee County, failure to appear on a drug paraphernalia charge in Ogle County, and now by the state for a parole violation.

He also has a 2013 conviction for theft and a 2012 conviction for another burglary, both in Lee County.

Anyone with information on Thomas’ whereabouts is asked to call police at 815-632-6640 or the anonymous reward hotline Whiteside County Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867. Information leading to a conviction could comes with a reward of up to $1,000.

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