Champaign man gets 30 days for car burglary

Champaign man gets 30 days for car burglary

URBANA — A Champaign man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for a car burglary at an underground parking garage near campus in September.

Nicholas Brandt, 29, of the 2300 block of Mulberry Court pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of burglary.

Judge Richard Klaus sentenced Brandt to 24 months of probation and 30 days in the county jail, with credit given for three days Brandt has already served at the jail.

As part of a plea agreement, a second charge of resisting arrest was dismissed.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said officers responded to a vehicle alarm at an apartment complex in the 500 block of South Third Street at 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 18.

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

The officer made contact with two men, one of whom— Brandt — ran away. He was eventually caught, and after he was handcuffed, police found items on him that had been in the car, Griffet said.

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

Griffet said another Champaign man admitted he entered the unlocked car, but because of his cooperation and a lack of eyewitnesses, he was not charged by the state's attorney's office.

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