Man accused of sawing hole in floor to enter apartment, steal items

Man accused of sawing hole in floor to enter apartment, steal items

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly sawed a hole in an apartment floor in order to enter it and steal was criminally charged Thursday.

Judge John Kennedy set bond for Johnathan A. Williams, 34, of the 2000 block of Vawter Street at $5,000 and told him to be back in court Dec. 20 for a probable-cause hearing.4

Williams was charged with residential burglary and theft in connection with an Oct. 9 incident in an apartment building in the 200 block of Kenwood Road, Champaign.

Assistant State's Attorney Daniel Reynolds said the woman living in the apartment left her home that Tuesday, telling friends through social media that she was away visiting her boyfriend.

When she returned home later that day, she found a large hole in the floor of her bathroom leading to the vacant apartment below. She also found her apartment ransacked and a PlayStation 4, diamond promise ring and garbage bag that contained 10 pairs of Air Jordan shoes missing.

Reynolds said a few days later, the woman noticed unusual purchases made through her PlayStation console, which Champaign police were able to trace to Williams using an IP address.

They also obtained surveillance video from the apartment complex showing a man that matched Williams' description walking outside the apartment with a large garbage bag of items while wearing a hooded sweatshirt, the back of which was covered in white powder that looked similar to plaster dust.

Champaign police finally located Williams Wednesday and talked to him. He admitted he had been at that apartment complex and found a bag in a hallway, which he took. It contained the PlayStation, which he admitted using.

However, he denied entering the apartment intending to steal anything.

Reynolds said Williams had prior felony convictions dating to 2004 for unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance, and misdemeanor convictions for possession of cannabis, theft of services and retail theft.

If convicted of the more serious charge of residential burglary, he faces a mandatory prison term of between four and 15 years.

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