DNA brings charge in Rantoul break-in

DNA brings charge in Rantoul break-in

URBANA – A Rantoul teen's DNA has led to him being charged with a break-in that occurred in the village last fall.

Damien Walker, 18, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Campbell Avenue, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of burglary and criminal damage to government property.

Walker is accused of breaking glass doors on a building on Pacesetter Drive that the village owns and entering with the intent to steal a bicycle.

Assistant State's Attorney Andrea Bergstrom said the building was broken in last Sept. 28 or 29. She said Rantoul stores bicycles there that are rehabilitated and given to children who can't afford them.

Police found blood at the scene, which was sent to the state crime lab and came back as matching Walker. Bergstrom said he is currently on probation for theft and has a prior adjudication as a juvenile for burglary.

Judge John Kennedy set Walker's bond at $3,000 and told him to be back in court March 22.

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