Jury finds Champaign man not guilty of burglary

Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at 9:24 pm    

A 21-year-old Champaign man has been acquitted of burglary charges in connection to a home burglary that took place last fall in the area.

The jury in his case deliberated for approximately an hour before returning with their verdict. The trial began on Tuesday, and the verdict was read yesterday in a Champaign courtroom.

The man was accused of breaking into a woman’s residence while she was out of town, and stealing a Social Security card and a debit card. The man was linked to the crime due to a finger print that was found on a piece of mail in the home. He claimed that he had found the mail in the street, and was returning it to the woman’s mailbox, therefore touching it with his hands.

The Champaign man is still behind bars as he faces additional charges in relation to other residential burglaries that took place throughout the last year. His bond has been set at $100,000 in connection with those charges.