Police looking for tips after multiple guns, cash stolen from East Dubuque home

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EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. (KCRG-TV9) -- Investigators announced today they are looking for any help in finding out who broke into an East Dubuque home and stole money and guns.

Investigators with the East Dubuque Police Department say the burglary occurred in the neighborhood locals refer to as "The Flats"- just off Highway 20 near the Julien Dubuque Bridge.

Police say on August 7, a home in that neighborhood known as "The Flats" was broken into between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. They said a large safe containing cash and guns were stolen out of the home- not just the contents of the safe, but the entire safe itself.

Investigators say they are looking for a white vehicle that was seen parked at the home.

Those with the police department say now it is important the public steps up and helps.

"Investigations solve crimes because of public input," said Chief Steve O'Connell of the East Dubuque Police Department. "We need the public to tell us what they saw, when they saw it, and give us that time-frame so that we can utilize other resources- such as the cameras on the Julien Dubuque Bridge, cameras of local businesses. So if we could identify a vehicle at a certain time-frame, then we can reach out to other avenues."

Chief O'Connell said between knocking on doors in the neighborhood, tips that have been called in, even already conducting interviews. They have received some feedback so far, but say they are still looking for as much information as they can get.

"Those interviews have hopefully, without me reading reports, they brought us some information that's going to give us more direction to keep going forward," Chief O'Connell said. "And every person we talk to hopefully can give us something and move forward and keep talking till we get where we need to be."

Members of the East Dubuque Police Department are worried about illegal firearms on the street, and that is why they are looking for help now.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 747-0117, or the East Dubuque Police Department at (815) 747-3913. There is a potential reward up to $2,000 for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest.