No criminal charges for man arrested after Urbana break-in

No criminal charges for man arrested after Urbana break-in

URBANA — The Champaign County state's attorney has elected not to charge a man arrested for residential burglary who allegedly broke into the home of a man who befriended him.

Joshua Felton, 26, who said he was homeless, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with a break-in at a home in the 800 block of North Broadway Avenue in Urbana that happened between 1 and 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Urbana police investigator Dave Smysor said patrol officers were called to the home about 4 a.m. Wednesday after the 61-year-old man living there got up and found a chunk of concrete in his living room. He discovered that $200 was missing from his desk and a nearby window was broken.

Police recovered a partial palm print from a cabinet near the window and footwear impressions from outside, Smysor said.

The resident told police that Felton had called him repeatedly Tuesday evening, but he didn't answer and went to bed. Sometime between 1 and 3 a.m., he heard a crash but didn't get up immediately to investigate, assuming something had fallen in another room.

Smysor said police were called back to the resident's home about 3 p.m. Wednesday when Felton returned. He admitted to police that he had been in that neighborhood about 1 a.m. but denied breaking in the man's home.

Based on what the resident had told them, police arrested Felton. They found that his shoe soles matched the impressions outside the window.

On Thursday, State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she asked the Urbana police to do more investigating based on statements that Felton made to police before she will  decide if Felton should be charged. He was released from custody.

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