Posted on May 27th, 2010
According to Champaign police, a 17-year-old man was arrested Thursday last week and charged in Champaign County Circuit Court with residential burglary and criminal trespass to residence.
The incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, when a woman who knew the man heard a crash from the back of her home in the 300 block of Nelson Court. When she went to investigate, she saw the man standing in the frame of her broken back door. The man fled the scene on foot.
She called police, and since she knew and could identify the man, they were able to catch him relatively soon thereafter.
If convicted of the more serious burglary charge, the man could face up to 15 years in prison.
Posted on May 18th, 2010
According to police, an 18-year-old woman driver of an SUV was uninjured in a single-vehicle accident that occurred on Mattis Avenue.
The accident occurred just after 8 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Mattis and West Union Street. Police determined that the driver had been speeding recklessly, which caused her vehicle to roll over as she attempted to turn left.
The driver was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions, driving an uninsured vehicle and having no valid driver’s license.
Posted on May 13th, 2010
A Champaign County Grand Jury indicted an Urbana couple today on felony charges of stealing from a local youth sports organization.
The husband was indicted on one count of unauthorized use of property, one count of receiving stolen property, and one count of greand theft. The wife was indicted on one charge of receiving stolen property.
The couple is accused of stealing funds from the Urbana Girls Fastpitch traveling softball program.
Once police were made aware of suspicious purchases on the program’s account, its financial records were subpoenaed. This revealed over $11,000 in purchases and transfers of money from the last two years, made by the husband, who was the executive director of the organization at the time.
It took officers around four months to determine what purchases where legitimate and which were not.
Posted on May 5th, 2010
A 21-year-old man accused of robbing a University of Illinois student 2 months ago appeared before a Champaign County Judge Tuesday in answer to charges filed a week ago in connection with the mugging.
The man is accused of stealing the student’s cell phone as well as cash. According to the student, this happened in a parking lot at the corner of Third Street and Gregory Drive.
Police were able to find the suspect after he took a photo of himself with the stolen cellphone, which was set to automatically upload photos to Facebook. The student noticed the picture and gave it to authorities, who circulated it to obtain an identification.
The man is being held on $50,000 bond and is expected to return to court in June. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
If you have been accused of a theft or robbery, contact the Champaign theft defense lawyers of Thomas A. Bruno and Associates at 217-328-6000 today.