Conditional discharge in computer theft case

Conditional discharge in computer theft case

URBANA — A Chicago man who admitted he stole a computer that belonged to the University of Illinois has been sentenced to two years of conditional discharge.

Darian K. Davis, 22, pleaded guilty Monday to felony theft, admitting that on Aug. 25 he took electronic equipment from an office in the Henry Administration Building, 506 S. Wright St., U.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said a witness flagged down a member of the UI police department's student patrol and alerted that person to a possible burglary in progress at the Henry Administration Building.

Police found Davis in bushes outside the building and when they confronted him, he walked away. Police found a computer in the bushes and Davis' fingerprint was found on it, Lozar said.

He was caught nearby and admitted he was stealing the computer but denied having gone in the building to take it, Lozar said. No one else was arrested.

A count of burglary was dismissed in return for Davis' plea.

He was also ordered to repay the UI Office of the Vice President for Research $1,975 for another computer that was not recovered, Lozar said.

Lozar said Davis had a prior conviction from Cook County for trespass to a building.

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