Burglary leads Deputies on Chase through Cass County

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CASS COUNTY – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested two people Saturday after a burglary and chase ensued throughout the county.

Cass County authorities were dispatched to Cox Lane Virginia, Illinois, at 8:03 PM on April 2 for a reported burglary in progress. The caller told deputies that a suspect had entered a residence and a family member of the homeowner had confronted them upon arrival.

The family member told authorities the suspect then displayed a handgun and was able to get into the victim’s vehicle.

Once the suspect fled, the caller and victim followed the suspect giving their location to the police.

With this information, deputies were able to locate the vehicle southbound on Illinois Route 78. The suspect then pulled a U-Turn after seeing deputies and refused to stop when deputies activated their lights and sirens. Authorities then followed the car on a pursuit to Havana.

The suspect abandoned the vehicle near the Riverfront Park in Havana and fled on foot. Deputies say they then discovered the fleeing man was accompanied by his girlfriend. Cass County authorities apprehended the girlfriend at the vehicle, but they did not locate the driver for an hour and a half. He was then arrested without incident.

The man who stole the vehicle has been identified as 48-year-old Mark Neff. His girlfriend is 39-year-old Sheila Beavers.

Neff faces charges of Burglary, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding and additional charges are likely. Beavers is facing a charge of Burglary. According to authorities, Neff also faces charges in Mason County for the incident.

Both Beavers and Neff are being held in the Mason County Jail.

Cass County authorities received assistance from multiple police agencies within Mason County and Central Illinois during this pursuit.

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