According to a Mattoon Police Department press release, Mattoon police arrested Marco A. West, age 21 of Mattoon, and Dashawn A. Hanton, age 23 of Mattoon, on Tuesday August 22nd at approx. 10:30 a.m. at the MPD. Both suspects were charged with four (4) counts of Theft of a Motor Vehicle and one (1) count of Burglary from a Motor Vehicle. The charges allege that the pair stole items from within a car during the early morning hours of June 29th, and that they subsequently stole a total of four (4) cars on that morning as well. Two of the cars were crashed near the intersection of Old State & Lerna Roads. Two other cars were later abandoned.
Parole violation charges for Marco West are also being sought by Mattoon police. That charge alleges that West was on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections, for Theft of a Motor Vehicle, at the time of the new offenses. Both suspects were taken to the jail.