2 Urbana men face burglary charges after cars entered

2 Urbana men face burglary charges after cars entered

URBANA — Two Urbana men who allegedly entered a parked car while its owner was inside a nearby business were arrested late Thursday night.

A Champaign police report said the car's owner was inside Picadilly Liquors, 601 S. First St., with friends and returned to her vehicle to see one man — identified as Tevontae Ross, 19 — inside it.

Another man, identified as Kyyon Barber, 18, was standing behind Ross wearing a backpack.

Both Barber and Ross were charged Friday with burglary.

The report said Barber tapped on Ross' shoulder to alert him to the car owner's return and the two ran away, with the car owner and her friends chasing them on foot.

They lost sight of the alleged burglars but contacted police, who found Ross hiding in tall grass along the railroad tracks near the Logan Street viaduct.

He had three cellphones, a phone charger, and a small amount of cannabis and smoking pipe on him.

Ross, of the 1400 block of West Eads Street, told police he and two other men were walking to a South First Street apartment when they passed Picadilly and a third man with them got in the car.

Police later located Barber, of the 1400 block of Oakland Avenue, at an apartment on South First Street. He denied any knowledge of the burglary. However, police found on him a receipt in the name of a second woman whose car had been entered earlier Thursday night while parked in the 300 block of East Kerr Avenue in Urbana. Cash had been taken from it.

Judge John Kennedy set bond at $1,500 for Ross, who was sentenced May 8 to a year of conditional discharge after pleading guilty to theft. He also had prior juvenile adjudications for unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful use of a credit card and unlawful use of weapons.

Barber, who has no prior convictions, was allowed to be released on his own recognizance. He's due back in court July 24.

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