Rantoul teens charged in break-ins

Rantoul teens charged in break-ins

URBANA — Two Rantoul teens have been criminally charged with break-ins at a home and a business in that village that occurred earlier this year.

On Monday, Christian Barragan, 17, of the 200 block of Illinois Drive, and Jose Villegas, 17, of the 1100 block of Englewood Drive, were charged in Champaign County Circuit Court with the March 22 residential burglary of a home in the 1200 block of Magnolia Lane and the March 13 burglary of the Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurant, 405 S. Century Blvd.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said the men confessed on Friday to both break-ins. They had been brought in for questioning, he said, after police received two other reports last week of burglaries at Sol Azteca in which cash was stolen on two consecutive nights.

However, Bouse said police do not believe the two were responsible for last week's break-ins at Sol Azteca late Wednesday or early Thursday and late Thursday or early Friday. The Goodyear business at 211 E. Sangamon Ave., was also broken into late Thursday or early Friday and cash was taken, Bouse said.

Bouse said Villegas ended up confessing to five burglaries — two in Champaign and three in Rantoul.

Court records show that Barragan received a sentence of two years of probation in July for a Feb. 20 burglary to La Victoria, 126 E. Sangamon Ave., a grocery store.

Both men were told to be back in court Nov. 5. Barragan remained in the county jail Tuesday in lieu of $30,000 bond while Villegas was free on bond.

If convicted of residential burglary, they face four to 15 years in prison. Conviction of burglary carries penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

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