Suspect in burglary, theft arrested

Suspect in burglary, theft arrested

URBANA — A Lansing, Illinois, teen wanted on several warrants for burglary and theft in Champaign County was arrested earlier this week in Decatur.

Frederick Young, 18, appeared in Champaign County Circuit Court Friday, where he was ordered held on a total of $125,000 bond in five felony cases. He was told to be back in court Oct. 22.

Champaign police Sgt. Dennis Baltzell said he was investigating Young for a residential burglary that happened July 15 at an apartment on John Street in Champaign where several electronic items had been stolen after a party there, when UI police identified Young as a suspect in the theft of iPads and cellphones on campus later in July.

Young made an initial court appearance Aug. 1, where he was charged with burglary and theft for allegedly taking an iPad from a Champaign woman at the Illini Union in Urbana on July 28.

He was released from custody the next day after posting bond. On Wednesday, when he failed to appear for pretrial in that case, another warrant was issued for his arrest.

Baltzell said he knew from his investigation that Young had a girlfriend in Decatur so he contacted police in that city and they found him.

Besides the case involving the alleged theft of the iPad at the Union, Young is also charged with:

— Residential burglary for the John Street apartment burglary on July 15.

— Theft from person for a July 24 incident in Champaign.

— Burglary for allegedly stealing an iPhone on July 14 from a car outside the Pizza Hut at 411 E. Green St., C.

— Possession of a lost or stolen debit card and resisting a peace officer in Champaign on Aug. 30.

If convicted of residential burglary, the most serious of all the charges he faces, Young could be sentenced to four to 15 years in prison.

Earlier this week, a co-defendant in some of those criminal cases, Jacob Richter-Shea, 18, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor theft and one count of felony theft for a sentence of 30 months of probation.

He was also ordered to make restitution of about $4,200.

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