Man arrested while leaving courthouse

Man arrested while leaving courthouse

URBANA — A Champaign man charged in two felony cases was arrested for a third as he left a court hearing Tuesday.

Urbana police investigator Tim McNaught said two of his fellow detectives arrested Donja S. Hart, 18, who listed an address in the 200 block of Edgebrook Drive, for burglary to motor vehicle.

The latest case stems from an Oct. 12 stop by an Urbana police officer in the 1400 block of Washington Street.

About 1:25 a.m. that day, McNaught said the officer stopped Hart for riding a bicycle without a light. After obtaining Hart's permission to search him, the officer found a small amount of cannabis in Hart's pants pocket and a backpack containing an iPod, cell phone and an Apple laptop computer.

The officer gave Hart a notice to appear in court for the cannabis violation and took the other items for safekeeping. Later that same day, police determined who owned the computer and contacted him. They learned it had been stolen from his truck in the 900 block of East Oregon Street and he wasn't even aware it was missing until contacted by police.

Hart was charged Wednesday with burglary, a Class 2 felony carrying penalties upon conviction ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

However, if convicted of all the offenses he's charged with — the existing charges involve a Sept. 16 burglary in Champaign and a Nov. 3 burglary in Urbana — Hart could have to serve the sentences consecutively.

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