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.