Mahomet man arrested for burglaries in village

Mahomet man arrested for burglaries in village

MAHOMET — A Mahomet man who was expected to enter a guilty plea next month in a violent home invasion case has been arrested again for burglary.

Mahomet Police Chief Mike Metzler said he received an anonymous tip earlier this week that Colton Fender, 21, whose last known address was in the 1100 block of East Timber Drive, was responsible for entering vehicles in garages on the south side of Mahomet on July 5 and 6.

Metzler said he stopped Fender on Wednesday to speak to him about those and Fender agreed to come to the police department, where he confessed to entering unlocked cars in the 1700 block of South Deer Run Drive and the 700 block of Hawk.

Metzler said Fender also admitted that he stole a couple thousand dollars' worth of hunting equipment, including camouflage clothing and a compound bow, and beer, from a garage in the 500 block of Elk Street.

A warrant for Fender's arrest charging him with four counts of burglary was issued Thursday and Metzler said he arrested Fender about 5 p.m. Thursday at his job. Judge Richard Klaus set bond on the warrant at $50,000. Fender remained in the county jail Friday morning pending an afternoon court appearance.

Fender was out on bond in connection with a Jan. 15 attack on a Savoy man in his apartment in the 1200 block of Wesley Avenue. He and two co-defendants were charged with home invasion and aggravated robbery after they beat the resident there and stole $2,000 cash from him.

Co-defendant Cody Fry, 20, was sentenced in May to four years of probation and six months in the county jail while Jordan Fancher, 20, was sentenced to six years in prison.

In April Fender pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and was set to be sentenced in May when Judge Tom Difanis realized that he had not advised Fender on the appropriate range of penalties at the time he pleaded so he gave him his plea back. The case was set to be resolved on Aug. 22.

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