Police arrest 3rd man over guns stolen from Rural King

URBANA — Another man has been implicated in trying to sell guns stolen from a Champaign store last fall.

Michael M. Brown, 22, of the 1500 block of Kings Way, Champaign, was arrested Thursday at his home by Champaign police who say Brown was trying to sell guns that had been stolen from the Rural King store last September.

Last Wednesday, a judge issued an arrest warrant for Brown, charged with a single count of possession of a stolen firearm, for allegedly having two of the 24 handguns stolen from the store at 913 Marketview Drive on Sept. 3.

Two other men, Jailyne Roberts, 18, and Joseph Tate, 19, both of Champaign, have already been charged with burglary for breaking into the store that day and stealing the guns. They are also charged with a second count of burglary for breaking into the store on Aug. 25 and stealing a shotgun, and aggravated possession of stolen firearms. Both remain jailed and are due back in court April 29.

Brown allegedly was trying to help Roberts and Tate sell the stolen guns and was present at an apartment on Prairie Green in Urbana on Sept. 30 when Urbana police recovered three guns in a toilet tank. No one in the apartment was arrested that day.

It wasn't until the latter part of February that Champaign police had enough information to arrest Roberts and Tate. They have been continuing to try to find the stolen guns.

So far, they have recovered nine of the handguns stolen Sept. 3 but not the shotgun stolen Aug. 25.

Brown is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond and is due back in court May 27.

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