Two arrested in parking garage near campus

Two arrested in parking garage near campus

CHAMPAIGN — Two Champaign men were arrested early Tuesday for burglary after police found them going through a car in an underground parking garage near campus but only one was criminally charged.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said officers responded to a car alarm at an apartment complex in the 500 block of South Third Street — the site of several car burglaries this year — about 2:30 a.m.

Because of the number of break-ins in apartment parking garages, Griffet said officers have stepped up their patrol efforts.

The officer made contact with two men, one of whom started to run away. He was eventually caught and after he was put in handcuffs, police found items on him that had been in the car, Griffet said.

Charged with resisting a peace officer and burglary to motor vehicle was Nicholas Brandt, 29, of the 2300 block of Mulberry Court.

Griffet said another Champaign man admitted that he had entered the unlocked car but because of his cooperation and a lack of eyewitnesses who saw him in the car, he was not charged by the state’s attorney’s office.

Brandt had an iPod, an MP3 player and a charger for a GPS on him believed to have come from the car, Griffet said.

Judge Richard Klaus set his bond at $1,500 and ordered him to be back in court Nov. 20.

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Heather J. wrote on September 18, 2012 at 11:09 am

Stealing is NEVER okay and I am glad these guys were caught. However, leaving your car unlocked with your valuables inside is pretty dumb. If there have been a lot of recent burglaries in the area, you'd think students would be a little more careful about locking their valuables. It's easy to forget, but it can be a costly mistake. 

e-man wrote on September 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm
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Thanks for your tip there captain obvious. Perhaps if reading comprehension was your forte instead of redundant suggestions, you would have seen that a car alarm going off is what brought the police in. So..obviously the car they went into was locked. Some better advice would be to hide your stuff from plain sight, then the bums will go onto the next car.  apparantly there were some enticing items inside for them enter an alarmed vehicle.


Oh and students at UIUC dont think about stuff like us regular plebians that have to work hard for our gadgets and toys, so of course doors are left unlocked with a great electronics selection on display.

trent_il wrote on September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

According to the Circuit Clerk's website, Brandt was just sentenced to 24 months' probation less than two weeks ago. Maybe no one explained to him what “probation” means.

Burza, on the other hand, doesn’t appear to have had a criminal record in the county, heretofore. I guess that must have been a really special iPod to be worth ruining your spotless record over.

Stay in school, kids.

Sid Saltfork wrote on September 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

"Burza"?  Oops........

wilsona wrote on September 18, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Let me get this straight.  Two guys were burglarizing had items on his person from the car and the other admits he was in the car and they decide to only charge one?  The police  say they've stepped up patrols in the area because of an increase in these car break-ins but let one of them go?  I'm glad to see my tax dollars are wasted on increased patrols only to let the guys go once caught.  I'm sure the guy will just start hitting up cars in a different area.  Btw, you don't really need an eye witness when the guy admits to police he was in the car.

The Truth wrote on September 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Of course one was let go. Do you really think they would arrest two white guys for burglary? Now if they were both black you'd better believe both would be charged!

wilsona wrote on September 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Way to go!! Make a comment about our inept police/state's attorney into something racial.  Not even true what you said anyway.  I watch our local justice system let criminals of every race commit crimes and walk with little to no punishment all the time.  Remember the guys running around beating people up on campus for sport?  Usually no punishment at all or probation.  This, however, isn't about race.  It's simply about the fact that they spent extra tax dollars stepping up patrols in the area and then decided to let half of the problem go once finally caught.  That's the "Truth".