Probation revocation sought over stolen car

Probation revocation sought over stolen car

URBANA — The state's attorney's office has taken steps to revoke the probation of a shoplifter after he was found to have an allegedly stolen car earlier this month.

Marcus Brown, 18, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Hunter Street in Urbana, was identified by Urbana police as the person who was seen in an Urbana woman's car on Dec. 17.

Lt. Bryant Seraphin said the car owner left it running and unattended in the 1400 block of Briarcliff Drive for a few minutes before noon on Dec. 17. When she came out, the car was gone. Seraphin said the woman and a friend then went looking for it and found it in front of the 2400 block of Prairie Green. They pulled in behind it and the two occupants got out and ran.

The women recognized one of the men as a man they had seen an hour earlier on Briarcliff Drive just before the car was stolen,

Seraphin said during their investigation police found another key in the stolen car believed to have come from another car stolen the night before in the 1400 block of Briarcliff.

Seraphin said that through investigation, Brown was developed as a suspect and picked out of a photo lineup by the woman who said she saw him twice on Dec. 17.

Police located Brown early Friday morning at the intersection of Philo Road and Briarcliff Drive and arrested him for possession of a stolen car.

Rather than file a new charge, the state's attorney on Friday filed a petition to revoke the probation Brown was on for burglary. He had just been resentenced on Dec. 11 to 24 months of probation for shoplifting at Save-A-Lot, 220 N. Broadway Ave., U, in September 2012.

He's due to be back before Judge Tom Difanis on Jan. 15.

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