Mahomet man charged with burglary

Mahomet man charged with burglary

URBANA — A Mahomet man was charged Friday with burglary for allegedly breaking in to a car in that village Thursday night.

Mahomet Police Chief Mike Metzler said police were called to the 100 block of North McKinley Street about 10:45 p.m. after a resident there saw someone going through his vehicle. He yelled and the man ran off.

Based on the description given by the resident, police found Joshua Walker, 25, on State Street about a half-hour later. Police took him back to the resident's home, where the resident identified him as the man seen in the car. Metzler said Walker allegedly stole a small amount of cash from the car.

If convicted of the burglary, Walker faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

Judge John Kennedy arraigned him on the charge Friday, set his bond at $2,500 and told him to be back in court Feb. 4.

In September, Walker pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicle for breaking into a van on April 13 on Jefferson Street in Mahomet. He was sentenced to 120 days in the county jail.

Champaign County court records show that in 2010, Walker was convicted of burglary for a Mahomet break-in and sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to make $15,637 in restitution to his victims.

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just_wondering wrote on January 03, 2014 at 4:01 pm

He still owes us hundreds in restitution from one of his other crimes. There is no help for the mentally ill so they continue to be turned back to society to continue their life of crime. This will only end when he breaks into the wrong vehicle and someone takes the law into their own hands. Lock him up if nothing else for his own safety.