Police use fingerprint to accuse man of 2010 burglary

Police use fingerprint to accuse man of 2010 burglary

URBANA — A Champaign man has been charged with a residential burglary in that city that happened nearly three years ago.

It was Joshua Nickerson's fingerprint that police say linked him to a break-in in the 500 block of West Beardsley Avenue that happened Aug. 16, 2010.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said the police department has its own database of fingerprints on file and occasionally will go back to an unsolved case in which prints were found at the scene and run the prints against ones in the database.

That's what happened recently in this case. He said about two weeks ago, crime scene technicians ran the fingerprint left on a window sill on the West Beardsley Avenue home three years ago through the system and it matched Nickerson.

Nickerson, 21, who listed an address in the 1000 block of West Beardsley Avenue, was found Monday, interviewed and arrested, Griffet said.

A BluRay DVD player, a 47-inch plasma television, an Xbox 360 game system, and a controller for it were stolen in the break-in.

If convicted, Nickerson faces four to 15 years in prison.

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