Five men arrested for burglary at UI

Five men arrested for burglary at UI

URBANA — University of Illinois police arrested five men early Tuesday morning after a patrol officer saw them allegedly entering a university building while carrying burglary tools.

Evan Allison, 21, who listed an address in the 500 block of South Third Street, Champaign; William Armand, 21, who listed an address in the 100 block of East Daniel Street, Champaign; John Lenich, 23, who listed an address in the 900 block of South Second Street, Champaign; Derek Sachtlehen, 20; who listed an address in the 900 block of South Second Street, Champaign; and Chandler Womack, 24, who listed an address in Washington, Ill., all pleaded innocent on Tuesday to felony burglary and possession of burglary tools.

According to a police report, a UI foot patrol officer saw five men enter the Chemistry Annex Building, 601 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, through a window on the northwest side.

Police found the five men in a steam tunnel leading away from the building and arrested them. They were carrying several burglary tools, including bolt cutters, a pair of weightlifter’s gloves, a green rope, pliers, tin snips, a screwdriver and a pry bar.

The men also had water bottles, beer and a map of the university tunnel system, according to Champaign County Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Weber.

Nothing was reported missing from the Chemistry Annex Building, according to police.

Womack asked for more time to hire an attorney. Judge Richard Klaus set his next court appearance for Sept. 5.

Klaus set the next court appearance for the other four men for Oct. 23.

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wayward wrote on August 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Students exploring steam tunnels at UI isn't really unusual, but I didn't get the impression that this typically involved bolt cutters or tin snips.

ILL32INI wrote on August 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm

There is a William Armand listed as an Undergraduate teaching assistant in the Department of Physics....and a Derek Sachtlehen in the Department of Psychology

justmwa wrote on August 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm

i guess they can kiss that good-bye. even if they didn't take anything it's still B & E.

tellingthetruth wrote on August 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

What happened to the Circuit Clerk website????