Women charged in separate burglary cases

URBANA — Two women were charged Monday with residential burglary in separate cases from Fisher and Champaign.

Kaylan Braaten, 21, of Fisher, was charged Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court with residential burglary for allegedly entering a home in the 400 block of South Fifth Street, Fisher, on Aug. 3, with the intent to steal.

A police report said the women living at the home noticed money, a wedding band, a necklace, a bracelet and a designer purse missing late last week.

A Champaign County sheriff's deputy learned that on Friday that Braaten reportedly gave another woman a purse with items inside that included a bracelet and necklace as a birthday gift. That woman gave them to the deputy. Police took them to the owner and they were identified as having come from her home.

When Braaten was arrested Sunday by Fisher police, she made statements indicating that she had entered the mobile home on South Fifth Street and took the purse and a necklace, according to police reports.

In the other unrelated case, Miranda Stewart, 35, of Sidell, was charged with residential burglary and theft for stealing items from her own mother sometime between March 1 and April.

The victim reported a television and jewelry were stolen from her home in the 700 block of South Randolph Street in Champaign while she was out of town.

Police later learned that the television had been pawned at a Champaign pawn shop by another man, who said he got it from Stewart but didn't know it was stolen.

On Friday, police interviewed Stewart, who admitted that she had traded her mother's television for crack cocaine, which she smoked. She also admitted she pawned about 20 items of jewelry and a Nintendo Wii game system to get money to buy crack cocaine.

Judge John Kennedy told both women to be back in court Oct. 2.

If convicted of residential burglary, they face mandatory prison terms of between four to 15 years.

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