Police: DNA links man to 2013 break-in

Police: DNA links man to 2013 break-in

URBANA — A Champaign man whose DNA linked him to a break-in at a Champaign home a year ago made his first court appearance in Urbana Tuesday.

Walter J. Smith, 25, whose last known address was in the 800 block of Harvard Street, was arrested there Monday afternoon by a Champaign police detective for residential burglary.

The state's attorney's office had obtained a warrant for Smith's arrest on Friday charging him with a June 11, 2013, break-in at a house in the 1300 block of Fairfax Drive, Champaign.

A Champaign police report said the woman living there returned home at 5:30 p.m. that day after having been at work and discovered her bedroom window broken and the room ransacked. A PlayStation 3, games for it, and a laptop computer were missing.

Police found a blood stain on a window curtain and submitted it to the state crime lab. Analysts there concluded the DNA in the stain was Smith's. His DNA is on file with the state because of a juvenile adjudication.

The police report said prior to the residential burglary, Smith had once accompanied a woman who was a friend of the victim to the Fairfax Drive address.

Smith is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond. If convicted of the Class 1 felony, he faces a mandatory prison term of four to 15 years.

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