Footprints in the snow help Champaign police make an arrest

CHAMPAIGN — Footprints in the snow helped Champaign police arrest a man in connection with as many as three residential burglaries.

Kevin A. Jordan, 24, who listed an address in the 400 block of South McKinley Avenue, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Wednesday to residential burglary.

According to a police report, a 70-year-old Champaign woman was returning home and was pulling into her driveway in the 1000 block of West William Street at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when she saw a man leaving her home carrying something. The woman immediately called police.

The woman later discovered that some silverware had been taken from her home.

When officers arrived at the scene, they noticed the burglar had left footprints in the fresh snow and followed the trail from the footprints to Jordan's home. Police said the footprints leading into Jordan's home matched the footprints leading out of the victim's home.

After police got a search warrant for Jordan's home, they found items that had been reportedly taken in residential burglaries in September 2010 and just prior to Christmas and arrested Jordan. The silverware was not recovered.

Judge Tom Difanis set Jordan's bond at $50,000 and scheduled Jordan's next court appearance for Feb. 7.

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natebaux wrote on December 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm

i cant stop laughing.

probablyHigh wrote on December 29, 2011 at 3:12 am

Sounds like it could be a weak case:

  1. Footprints leading to house may or may not have been defendant's.
  2. The items alleged to have been stolen were not recovered.  This supports the defendant's claim of innocence.
  3. Search warrants have to be specific in scope.  It's possible that the other allegedly-stolen items were out-of-scope for that warrant.  Could get evidence suppressed on 4th Amendment grounds.

Yeah, dude probably did it.  "Probably" is enough for an arrest, not a conviction.  Homie will get a plea deal for a misdemeanor and no jail time.

cbrads334 wrote on December 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm
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The shoes that nobody's fighting over..............Snow Jordans.

kyedpa5 wrote on December 29, 2011 at 8:12 pm

With priors like that?  No way is his plea deal going to be misdemeanor.  Have you heard of Illinois' Truth and Sentencing?