Recovered handgun leads to burglary arrest
URBANA — Champaign County sheriff's investigators were able to connect a Fisher man to a recent house burglary near Thomasboro through a stolen handgun.
Lt. Ed Ogle said Brandon M. Hinds, 26, was arrested at his home Tuesday morning on a warrant that had been issued Monday charging him with a June 26 residential burglary to a home in the 1900 block of County Road 2600 N.
Ogle said Hinds is being questioned about several other residential burglaries that occurred in northern Champaign County between late May and the end of June.
Some time between 9:40 a.m. and 8 p.m. on June 26, the home was apparently entered through an unlocked door to the garage. Among the items stolen were two televisions, jewelry, a laptop computer, a jar of change and a 9 mm Glock handgun and two loaded magazines for it.
Ogle said that gun was found last week in Urbana along a road after officers in that city responded to a shots fired called. Sheriff's investigators traced the weapon back to Hinds, who had allegedly exchanged it earlier in Champaign for heroin, Ogle said.
Bond on the warrant for Hinds was set at $250,000. He is expected to appear in court Wednesday. He was arrested at his home Tuesday morning.
Ogle said there were at least six residential burglaries in the county around Rantoul, Fisher and Penfield between May 30 and June 26. They happened during the day and involved the theft of jewelry, TVs, laptop computers, and loose change, he said.