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.
DNA evidence has been used to link a suspect to the Dec. 28 burglary of the Beta Sigma Psi fraternity, 706 W. Ohio St., Urbana. According to Assistant State’s Attorney Chris Kanis, a fraternity member who lives locally reported the burglary after finding a broken window leading to the house’s common area. An Xbox console and several games were missing.
The fraternity member noticed a soda can that did not belong to any members and gave it to police. Now, three months later, police have linked DNA found on the can to a 25-year-old who has a previous conviction for a burglary in Missouri. If found guilty in this burglary he faces four to fifteen years in prison.
Have you been charged with a burglary or need legal advice regarding your options if you have been accused of a burglary? Contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Thomas A. Bruno and Associates at 217-328-6000 today.