(This letter was sent to area police agencies as well as The Times)
On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at approximately 2 a.m., four individuals committed an armed takeover robbery at a Walgreen's Pharmacy within the city of Peru. Members of several area agencies heard the broadcast and began to respond as well. Just minutes later, Oglesby Assistant Chief Mike Margis observed the suspect vehicle traveling southbound on Route 251 leaving Peru. Assistant Chief Mike Margis immediately began pursuing the vehicle, broadcasting his location via ISPERN.
Within minutes of the robbery, La Salle County Deputy Doug Pastirik deployed stop sticks approximately 15 miles south on Interstate 39. The suspect vehicle struck the sticks, at which time Deputy Pastirik and Assistant Chief Margis continued the pursuit where a felony traffic stop was made on I-39 in Marshall County. Assistant Chief Margis and Deputy Pastirik took two suspects into custody and along with La Salle County Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Yacko and Peru officers Nick Biagioni and Matt Peters took the remaining two offenders into custody.
I personally responded to the robbery where I found the apprehension and follow-up to be well under control under the on-scene leadership of Peru Police Department Sgt. Rick Piscia. The professionalism displayed by all of the personnel was very evident. Also assisting in the on-scene investigation and recovery of numerous items of evidence was Peru Officer Adam Conness, La Salle County Corporal Robert Reid as well as La Salle city police officers Sgt. Jason Quinn, Officer Luke Radtke, Officer Tyler Slimko and Officer Joel Smith.
There is no doubt that if not for the actions of all of the personnel that day, the robbery investigation would not have come to such a speedy and safe resolution. Please express my thanks and appreciation to everyone for their outstanding police work. You can certainly be proud of their influence and ability.
DOUGLAS P. BERNABEI
Peru chief of police