Two Champaign men charged in home, vehicle burglaries in city's southwest

Two Champaign men charged in home, vehicle burglaries in city's southwest

URBANA — Two Champaign men have been charged with allegedly breaking into homes and vehicles early Wednesday morning in southwest Champaign.

Clavin Davis, 18, of the 2400 block of Campbell Drive and Jiayu Yao, 22, of the 2500 block of Woodridge Place were each charged Thursday with two counts of residential burglary and one count of attempted residential burglary.

Judge John Kennedy set bond for each at $5,000.

Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer said about 7:25 a.m., police were sent to a possible burglary in progress in the 1300 block of Turnberry Circle after witnesses reported seeing two men that they did not recognize going in and out of their neighbor's garage and getting into a sport utility vehicle they also didn't recognize.

"There was a massive response of patrol officers and detectives," Shaffer said.

As officers were setting up a perimeter, other residents in Turnberry Ridge called to report burglaries.

Another man living in the 3900 block of Turnberry Drive reported that he saw a dark figure inside his car. He yelled and saw a man run out of the garage with his wife's purse, dropping items as he ran. The resident found black Nike sandals in the road where the man had run.

Among the items dropped was a green knife, which had apparently been stolen from the truck of the victim on Turnberry Circle. That victim had also reported that $260 had been stolen from his truck.

About 8:30 a.m. officers saw a man, later identified as Davis, walking east on Kirby Avenue with no shoes. After they detained him, police found $260 in one of Davis' pockets and $166 in another.

Davis said he had been riding around with Yao smoking marijuana, then got out of the car, and as he walked, some unknown man yelled at him to stop. He said he ran, losing his sandals in his haste.

Yao was found later at his home and admitted he had been driving around with Davis smoking marijuana. He said they had worked together to enter a couple of vehicles in Turnberry Ridge and that they had burgled vehicles previously.

Later Wednesday, Champaign police received an attempted break-in report from a resident of the 2100 block of Wiggins Street in the Ironwood subdivision. That person said a surveillance camera showed two men entering his unlocked screened-in porch and trying to open the sliding glass door to his house at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday. It was locked and both left.

Police said the pair appeared to be Davis and Yao.

Davis had appeared in court last week on a felony theft charge and had been released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court on that case Oct. 26 and in the new case on Nov. 13.

Yao is due back in court Dec. 12.

Court records show neither man has any convictions.

The penalty for residential burglary is a mandatory prison term of between four and 15 years.

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