Rantoul teen charged in three burglaries

RANTOUL — A Rantoul teenager with a 2011 residential burglary conviction as a juvenile has been charged again with residential burglary.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said Friday that he filed three counts of residential burglary against Dynell L. Gray, who turned 17 last week, in connection with break-ins to three homes.

Gray, of the 1100 block of East Champaign Avenue, was arrested Thursday afternoon after being linked to two burglaries Thursday that happened in the 400 block of Eden Park Drive and the 200 block of Winding Lane. The other happened Tuesday in the 500 block of Garden Street.

Detective Rodney Sullivan said police had developed Gray as a suspect in at least a few of the half-dozen residential burglaries reported in the last week. Besides the ones Gray is charged with, there have been break-ins in the 1100 block of East Champaign Avenue and the 1300 block of Sunset Drive.

Sullivan said about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, an elderly couple living on Eden Park saw a young man at the home of their neighbor, who was away. After getting no answer to a knock at the front door, the man went to a side door and forced it open. The neighbor's dog got out, prompting the couple to retrieve it.

The couple did not immediately call police but told someone else who later reported the incident. Ziegler said it's unknown if anything was taken.

Meantime, Sullivan said, there was another break-in on Winding Lane in which cash was taken.

Ziegler said footwear impressions taken at both those homes and the one broken into on Tuesday on Garden Lane, in which jewelry was stolen, matched the shoes that Gray was wearing when he was arrested Thursday afternoon.

If convicted of residential burglary, Gray faces a mandatory prison term of between four and 15 years in prison.

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