Champaign man held on burglary, robbery charges

Champaign man held on burglary, robbery charges

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly burgled a house and robbed a business in Champaign in a three-hour span Thursday evening is being held in the Champaign County Jail.

Nathaniel Curry, 26, of the 700 block of Bethume Court was arraigned Friday for residential burglary, robbery and resisting a peace officer in two separate cases. Judge Brett Olmstead set his bond at $125,000.

According to Champaign police reports, a resident of the 1200 block of Carver Drive reported that sometime between 3:15 and 4:50 p.m. Thursday, a window to a bedroom had been broken and a PlayStation system was stolen.

About 6:15 p.m., an employee at Corson Music, 71 E. University Ave., reported that shortly after he closed the business and locked the doors, he heard the glass rear door break.

He told police a man with a plastic grocery bag over his head, later identified as Curry, approached him from a storage room. Wielding a long white tube, the intruder demanded cash from the register. After receiving it, he ran out the back door.

Police found Curry nearby at Park and First streets, wearing clothing matching what the Corson employee had described and carrying a bag on his shoulder. When police tried to stop him, he dropped the bag and ran.

The bag was later found to contain the PlayStation taken in the Carver Drive break-in.

After a lengthy foot chase, Curry was caught but resisted efforts of Champaign police to handcuff him. In the process, an officer's hand was cut with a piece of glass, the report said.

Curry eventually admitted that he took the PlayStation from the Carver Drive home and was unable to pawn it. He also admitted breaking the back door at Corson Music with a brick and confronting the employee with a tubular light as he demanded the cash.

Court records show that Curry has prior convictions for burglary and criminal trespass to motor vehicle.

If he is convicted of the robbery or residential burglary, he faces mandatory prison sentences, Olmstead told him.

Curry is due back in court Nov. 7.

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