Man charged in two vehicle break-ins

Man charged in two vehicle break-ins

CHAMPAIGN — A Chicago man was charged Tuesday with breaking into vehicles in Champaign.

Christopher Vaughn, 31, of Chicago, was charged Tuesday with two counts of burglary and two counts of resisting a peace officer.

Judge Chase Leonhard set his bond at $50,000 and told him to be back in court Sept. 25.

Because of his record, Vaughn could be sentenced as a Class X felon to between six and 30 years in prison if convicted.

At about 4 a.m. Tuesday, a resident of the 900 block of West Tremont Street saw a man going through the contents of his car, according to Champaign police.

He yelled at the man and tried to stop him, but the burglar ran. The victim called police and described the person.

Officers found Vaughn in the area, sweaty and matching the description given by the victim. He could not provide a home address or an address of where he was going.

The victim identified him as the man he saw breaking into his car.

Vaughn allegedly resisted Champaign officers, according to police reports, until they used pepper spray on him and he allowed himself to be handcuffed.

Two Champaign police officers suffered minor abrasions while struggling with Vaughn in the road.

The officers searched Vaughn and found a number of small items on him, as well as $88 in change and small bills, an iPod and a charger.

Vaughn claimed the items were his and said he'd purchased the iPod three days prior.

However, a woman whose SUV had also been broken into that night identified it as hers.

Vaughn was also charged in that break-in, in the 1200 block of Mimosa Drive, Champaign.

Also stolen from that vehicle were $20 and headphones, which were also recovered from Vaughn.

Several other cars in the area appear have been entered, and police are still investigating whether they're related.

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