Security cameras help police arrest teen burglars

Security cameras help police arrest teen burglars

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign home owner's investment in a security system resulted in the arrest of four teens for allegedly breaking into his home earlier this month.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said four Champaign boys, ages 14, 15 and 16, are being held in the Juvenile Detention Center after their arrests by Champaign police late last week for residential burglary.

Rietz said a man living in the 1500 block of Summit Ridge Road arrived home on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and found that his front door had been forced open and his laptop computer and a Wii electronic gaming system were missing.

"His home had been burglarized previously so he put in a home security system with interior and exterior cameras. He gave the video to the Champaign Police Department," she said.

The video showed the youths wandering around the house taking items, Rietz said.

Police were able to quickly identify two of the four boys based on prior police contacts.

Rietz said two of the youths had prior adjudications for residential burglary and had been put on probation by Judge Harry Clem. A third had a prior adjudication for misdemeanor theft while the fourth had been adjudicated a delinquent minor for battery.

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ronaldo wrote on August 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Clearly, probation works.  <smh>

ronaldo wrote on August 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm


787 wrote on August 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm

4 kids... 14, 15, and 16... with prior convictions.  Burglary, theft, and battery.

Yeah.... it is working.

Give 'em some more probation, Harry.  Or maybe this time it'll be the judge who uses the word "ain't".  And a State's Attorney who can't put a one man crime wave like Herbert Shah away for any significant amount of time.  Come out from under your desk, Julia.

We're so screwed.