Theft plea brings two years of probation

URBANA — A Brocton teen who admitted stealing a woman's wallet as she walked on the University of Illinois campus last summer has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Carlon Michaels, 18, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to theft from a person, admitting that on Sept. 13 he took the wristlet of a 20-year-old woman in a parking lot in the 1000 block of South Fifth Street in Champaign.

The woman was walking alone about 1:40 a.m., according to UI police, when two men met up with her near Third and Daniel streets and told her it wasn't safe for her to be walking alone at that hour.

They walked with her a couple of blocks before one of the men grabbed the wristlet containing cash and her identification then ran off.

UI police stopped two men later that morning for questioning but when no identifications were made, they were released.

Michaels was arrested about two weeks after the incident.

In exchange for his plea to theft from a person, a more serious charge of robbery was dismissed.

The other man with Michaels was not charged.

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