Deputies arrest three in two thefts from same store

URBANA — In the space of three hours Monday night, Champaign County sheriff's deputies arrested three people in two separate shoplifting incidents at the same store in which the lifted loot was electronics and tequila.

Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said at 6:16 p.m., deputies were called to Walmart at 505 S. Dunlap Ave., Savoy, after a man was confronted by a security employee who tried to stop him for taking two desktop computers and two bottles of tequila, with a total value of $1,154, without paying for them.

The man got in a van — without the purloined items — which deputies pulled over a short time later on U.S. 45. The passenger took off running across a field to the west and was quickly caught.

The man, later identified as Mark Davis, 43, no known address, was identified through surveillance video as the man who took the computers and tequila. He was charged Tuesday with burglary, alleging he entered the store planning to steal, and theft, for taking the items. He was told to be back in court March 12.

The driver of the van said he did not know Davis planned to steal and was not arrested in connection with the theft. He was, however, ticketed for not having a driver's license.

Deputies were called back to the store about 9:15 p.m., after the security employee reported that two women put a computer, surround sound stereo and a bottle of tequila in a cart and left without paying for the $742 worth of items.

Deputies spotted the car the women had gotten in and stopped it north of the store in the 100 block of Village Parkway, just south of Old Church Road. In the back seat they found the stolen items, Coile said.

Both Michelle Burns, 25, of the 1100 block of North Sixth Street, Champaign and Telicia M. Jones, 22, of the 200 block of Vawter Street, Urbana, were charged with retail theft over $300. Burns was told to be back in March 12 and Jones on Jan. 18. Both were released on their own recognizance.

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