Tuscola teen charged with robbery, theft

Tuscola teen charged with robbery, theft

URBANA — A Tuscola teenager has been criminally charged in connection with a robbery on the University of Illinois campus last month.

Carlon Michaels, 18, was arrested Thursday by a University of Illinois police investigator while he was visiting his probation officer in Tuscola.

Michaels was charged Friday in Champaign County with robbery and theft for allegedly grabbing the wristlet of a 20-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Newman Center in the 1000 block of South Fifth Street on Sept. 13.

About 1:40 a.m. that day, UI police Lt. Matt Myrick said the woman reported that two men met up with her near Third and Daniel streets and asked her if she needed someone to walk her home since it wasn't safe for her to be alone. They walked with her a couple blocks and, as they were crossing the parking lot of the Newman Center, one of the men grabbed the woman's wristlet, containing cash and identification, and the pair took off.

Myrick said Michaels and Van Hamilton, 20, of Tuscola were stopped by UI police that morning for questioning, but no identifications of them were made in any of three similar robberies that happened in the campus area that same day.

Myrick said Investigator Gene Moore looked further into the two and talked to Hamilton last week and Michaels on Thursday.

Hamilton is currently in the Coles County Jail on a 2012 burglary conviction in that county. Champaign County court records indicate no charges have been filed against him in connection with the Sept. 13 incident.

Michaels was adjudicated a delinquent minor in Douglas County for burglary earlier this year.

Hamilton also has a pending burglary and theft case in Douglas County stemming from an incident in the spring.

Douglas County State's Attorney Kevin Nolan said Hamilton is accused of stealing a wallet from the purse of a circuit clerk employee at the courthouse in Tuscola while he was doing janitorial work as part of public service.

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