Man charged in computer equipment theft case

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly stole computer equipment from a vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart on Tuesday has been criminally charged.

Daniel J. Day, 30, who lives in the 1600 block of Ivanhoe Way, was arraigned Wednesday on a single count of burglary.

Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said a woman who drove Day to the store at 100 S. High Cross Road late Tuesday morning later reported to police what he had allegedly done.

Seraphin said the woman told a patrol officer that Day instructed her to pull up next to a pickup truck belonging a person doing computer work for the Woodforest National Bank, which has a branch in the Walmart store. Day further instructed her to try to get in the cab while he allegedly opened the truck topper and removed several boxes containing computer equipment, which he then put in the van in which they arrived. They returned to the Ivanhoe Way address and, after the woman parted company with Day, she called police about 12:30 p.m., Seraphin said.

Police then went to the Walmart and confirmed the theft and after looking at videotape, also confirmed what the woman had told them about Day's alleged entry to the truck.

Officers went to the home on Ivanhoe and received permission to search from the resident. Seraphin said they found the stolen computer equipment. Seraphin said on the ground outside, police found Day's Illinois identification card and a check for $30 made out to him from a computer store where he had allegedly sold some of the equipment taken from the truck at Walmart earlier.

Court records show Day has prior convictions for robbery, theft, aggravated battery, domestic battery and unlawful possession of a firearm. He also has a pending theft case accusing him of stealing in March from a Champaign store.

Judge Richard Klaus set his bond at $10,000 and told him to be back in court Aug. 6.

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