Champaign police say they have linked three men to additional burglaries
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police say they have linked three men arrested a week ago for residential burglary to a dozen or more other burglaries.
Martin Davis, 17, who listed an address in the 400 block of West Beardsley Avenue, Champaign, and two other male teens appeared in court on Dec. 8, accused of breaking into a home in the 700 block of North Prairie Street, Champaign, about 3 p.m. Dec. 7.
Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris said a witness saw three teens break a window in the back of the house. Once inside, they ransacked it and took several electronic items, including a camera and a remote control.
Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said police searched the neighborhood, found the three teens, ran after them and arrested them.
Coins, a computer, electronic items, a television and other stolen items were recovered, either on the three teens or in areas near the burglarized home, Dunn said.
Last week, Judge Richard Klaus set bond for Davis at $5,000 and ordered him to be back in court Jan. 17.
Judge Heidi Ladd found it was a matter of urgent and immediate necessity to hold the other boys, ages 15 and 16, in detention until a court hearing this week.
If convicted of the residential burglary, Martin faces a mandatory prison term of between four and 15 years.
The juveniles, if convicted, cannot be held past their 21st birthday.
On Wednesday, Dunn announced that police detectives have received additional information indicating the three teens may have been involved in a dozen or more other reported burglaries.
Dunn said police searched a home in the 1500 block of Thornton Drive and recovered a stolen shotgun.
Dunn said police are not saying, at this time, how they believe the three teens may have been involved in the additional burglaries.
"This information was obtained through the course of our investigation," Dunn said on Wednesday night. "That's all we're disclosing at this time due to this still being an open and unsolved case."
Police Lt. Joe Gallo said in a written release: "As we continue with our investigation, it is very possible that more burglaries may be solved. We're following up on every lead and remaining in contact with the victims."