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Man sentenced to six years for burglary

Twenty-six-year-old Brandon Crabb of Champaign, Illinois was sentenced to a six year stint in prison on Tuesday, October 27 for attempting to steal an Airsoft pistol at a Walmart located at 2610 N. Prospect Avenue C, on Feb. 13, 2015.

Crabb plead guilty to burglary charges before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd prior to receiving the six-year sentence.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Tim Sullivan, Crabb, along with 24-year-old Champaign resident Steve Jackson, went inside the Walmart and asked the store employee to retrieve two pellet guns from their place in a locked display case so that the two could examine the products before purchasing them. Crabb and Jackson then ran out the store with the guns and a few carbon dioxide cartridges that they grabbed on their way out.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices have a great deal of experience with defending clients in criminal cases. If you are facing charges in the Champaign-Urbana area, call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 to set up an appointment to speak to one of our attorneys about the specifics of your situation.


Urbana felony witness shot before being able to testify in the trial

An Urbana local set to testify in a Champaign County aggravated battery trial was shot Monday, February 4, inside his apartment.

The 29-year-old victim, Curtis L. Mosley, was resting in his apartment at 1101 E. Colorado Ave at about 8:30 p.m. when an unidentified man broke into his apartment and fired a round of shots at him. He died after being rushed to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Mosley was scheduled to testify Tuesday against 23-year-old Urbana resident Ardis Fenn, who allegedly shot Mosley in the leg on June 12 outside the Above & Beyond Detailing shop, in an attempt to rob the place where Mosley worked. Mosley was treated for the wound he sustained and released from the hospital the same night.

The suspect, an African-American wearing a Carhartt jacket and a mask that covered the lower part of his face, was still at large as of February 6.

Being charged with theft or any other crime can be frightening and overwhelming. Fortunately, with the help of a skilled defense attorney from Bruno Law Offices, you can be sure that you are receiving the best defense possible. Call 217-328-6000 to discuss your case and possible defenses.


Jury finds Champaign man not guilty of burglary

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.


Chicago man linked to Urbana burglaries through fingerprints

A 19-year-old Chicago man has been linked through his fingerprints to three different burglaries that occurred in April in the Urbana area.

Fingerprints were found at the scene of two break-in locations, and police used those prints to find the alleged burglar. The man was arrested, and now faces three separate counts of residential burglary. Items that were stolen during the break-ins include a laptop, a computer tablet, and a motor vehicle.

The motor vehicle was recovered the same day it was reported as stolen, and the suspect was found in the car along with two other individuals. If the man is convicted of the charges that have been filed against him, he could face a maximum of 15 years behind bars.

If you have been accused of theft, please contact the theft defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 today.


Robbery occurs at Champaign credit union

A credit union on West John Street was robbed around 10:20 a.m. this morning in Champaign.

The theft occurred at the Central Illinois Credit Union when two masked males entered the building. One of the men flashed a handgun, and ordered four employees, and one customer to lay on the ground. The men exited the building with an unknown amount of money, and no one was injured.

Two high schools near the area of the robbery were placed on ‘soft lockdowns.’ These lockdowns were removed shortly after the incident took place. This is the third robbery in the Champaign area in less than seven days.

If you have been accused of robbery or theft in Champaign, please contact the Champaign theft defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling (217) 328-6000 today.


Man admits to stealing $45,000 from church

A 54 year-old volunteer bookkeeper has admitted to stealing about $45,000 from a suburban Chicago church congregation. He pleaded guilty to theft charges earlier this week.

The man says he used most of the money to pay for medical bills. He was charged last year when church officials noticed a significant amount of money was going to an unknown bank account. The bookkeeper had been putting the money in a business bank account and then writing checks to himself.

He is believed to have taken the money from Messiah Lutheran Church over a two-year period from 2008 to 2010.

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft, contact the theft and fraud attorneys of Bruno Law Offices today at 217-328-6000.


UI police searching for dorm room intruder

After receiving reports about two men intruding in dorm rooms at the University of Illinois, police are looking for a second suspect.  University officers already arrested one 20-year old man who they believe broke into a dorm room and stole some items in the room.

Officers began looking for two men after one student called police to tell them that as he woke up from a nap one afternoon, he saw two unknown men in his dorm room in Oglesby Hall.  The first suspect was said to have attempted to steal the student’s computer, but dropped it on the way out.  The other suspect was reported to have taken the student’s cellphone.

The suspect that police arrested was charged with residential burglary.

If you or someone you know has been charged with petit theft or a related charge, contact the Champaign petit theft lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about your rights to criminal defense.


Chicago man sentenced to 12 years for burglary

Last week, a Chicago man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for residential burglary.  The man, 21-year old Michael Q. Roquemore, was held in police custody for a year before his trial.

In August, Roquemore went to trial on home invasion charges but the judge declared a mistrial after police use evidence that was not disclosed with the defense.  In September, Roquemore plead guilty to breaking into a home in Champaign a year before.  The defendant stated that he entered the home in hopes of finding drugs or money but found neither.

Roquemore was given 480 days of credit on his sentence for the time he spent in jail before his trial.

The punishment for criminal activity depends largely on your legal representation.  If you have been charged with a petit theft and would like to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact the Champaign petit theft lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 today.


17-year-old charged with burglary

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.


Suspected mugger caught using Facebook

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.

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