Fingerprint leads to burglary charge
URBANA — The identification of a latent fingerprint has led to a felony charge of residential burglary being filed against an area man.
Sherman Greer, 21, currently listed as homeless but whose last known address was in the 1300 block of Hanover Drive, Champaign, was charged Friday with a break-in Dec. 5 to a home in the 500 block of Sunny Lane in Urbana.
On that Monday, the residents discovered the house had been entered and laptops, two electronic gaming systems, 20 games, a television, and cell phone accessories were among the items stolen.
Police lifted a latent fingerprint at the home which matched Greer's.
Because of a 2010 conviction for residential burglary, Greer's fingerprints and DNA are on file with the Illinois State Police. The prior conviction would also make him eligible for an extended prison term of between four and 30 years if he is convicted of the Sunny Lane break-in.
Urbana police and the Champaign County sheriff's office teamed up to investigate about 20 residential burglaries that occurred in November and December in east Urbana.
Greer is one of six young men to have been charged in connection with home burglaries in that part of town.