Two from Urbana charged with break-in

Two from Urbana charged with break-in

URBANA — An Urbana man and his new girlfriend are due back in court in February after being charged with allegedly breaking into the ex-girlfriend's apartment and stealing items last week.

Christopher Bell, 21, who listed an address in the 500 block of East Florida Avenue, and Jessica Goode, 18, who listed an address in the 1800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, Urbana, were criminally charged with residential burglary for allegedly forcing their way into an apartment in the 2000 block of Philo Road on Dec. 26 and stealing multiple items, including jewelry, a purse, DVDs, a DVD player and food.

Urbana police investigator Dave Smysor said the woman living there was able to obtain still photos from surveillance video of the exterior of the building, which she gave to police. She identified the man in the video as Bell. An acquaintance told her the woman in the video was Bell's new girlfriend.

Using that information, police obtained a search warrant for Goode's apartment, which they served on Dec. 27. Smysor said police recovered all the items stolen from the woman's apartment with the exception of the food. He said Bell and Goode made statements implicating themselves in the break-in.

If convicted of the Class 1 felony, they face a mandatory prison term of between four and 15 years.

Both were released on their own recognizance and ordered to be back in court Feb. 19.

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billbtri5 wrote on January 02, 2013 at 12:01 pm

too bad the citizen had to provide the evidence...."serve and protect guys"...

Sid Saltfork wrote on January 02, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I was curious about the "released on their own recognizance" when facing a mandatory 4 year to 15 year sentence.  They must be trustworthy since they are expected to show up for court with the loss of no bond money.  Somewhere other than Illinois must be looking good right now.

rsp wrote on January 02, 2013 at 2:01 pm

It looks like it's a first offense, which is one of the factors they base bail on. They will probably end up with probation and public service work. No contact orders and since this involves his ex he may end up with a mental eval but I doubt it. 

rsp wrote on January 02, 2013 at 2:01 pm

She lives there and could just ask the landlord for it whereas the police would have had to go to court and seen the judge to get a search warrant, then came back to get the video, meanwhile it could have been erased. Which would you prefer? She ask the landlord a question or the detective tied up all afternoon?