Champaign man charged with home burglary

Champaign man charged with home burglary

URBANA — A Champaign man out on bond for allegedly stealing bicycles last month now stands accused of entering a home to steal copper.

Michael P. Richter, 35, whose last known address was in the 200 block of Edgebrook Drive, was charged Thursday in Champaign County Circuit Court with burglary. The charge alleges that on Monday or Tuesday he went in a home in the 400 block of East Bradley Avenue in Champaign intending to steal.

A Champaign police report said the owner of the house lives nearby and was refurbishing the house, which was not occupied. On Tuesday, he discovered a window forced open and wire removed.

Police went to a local metal recycler and learned that Richter came in Monday with a large amount of the exact kind of wire that had been stolen and copper tubing.

Police found Richter on Wednesday. He had a pry bar, flashlight and pocketknife on him. He admitted to them he had been present when the house was entered but denied going in, the report said.

Richter had been charged late last month with felony theft for allegedly stealing a bicycle in Urbana, which was later found at a pawn shop.

If convicted of the both felonies, he would have to serve the sentences one after the other because the second occurred while he was out on bond for the first.

Richter is due back in court Dec. 3.

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