Tuscola man charged with Champaign burglary

Tuscola man charged with Champaign burglary

URBANA — A Tuscola man who admitted he entered an apartment to steal to support his heroin habit is due back in court in September.

Kyle E. Chupp, 25, was charged Wednesday with a single count of residential burglary for allegedly entering an apartment in the 600 block of West University Avenue in Champaign, intending to steal electronics.

A Champaign police report said the victim was in the shower about 10:25 a.m. Tuesday when he heard noises. He went to his living room to find a man, later identified as Chupp, crouched down, claiming to be a friend of Jennifer's. The resident told police he did not know a Jennifer.

Seeing that his Wii gaming system had been moved, the resident confronted Chupp, patted him down and found his camera in Chupp's pants pocket. He then ordered the intruder out of his apartment and called police.

The victim later found his girlfriend's computer had been moved and her bedroom window screen moved.

After police left, the victim found Chupp hiding in the laundry room of the complex. Chupp ran, dropping a cap and a wallet as he ran, which the victim gave to police.

Police found Chupp early Wednesday walking through an alley and arrested him.

At the police station, he admitted he is addicted to heroin and steals to support his addiction, the report said.

Judge John Kennedy set Chupp's bond at $10,000 and ordered him to be back in court Sept. 16.

If convicted of residential burglary, Chupp faces four to 15 years in prison.

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