Two accused in Champaign apartment burglaries in custody

Two accused in Champaign apartment burglaries in custody

URBANA — Two young men accused in connection with burglaries at a Champaign apartment building earlier this week remain in police custody.

Brandon D. Kelly, 18, who listed an address in the 200 block of East Hill Street, Champaign, and a 16-year-old male were each criminally charged in Champaign County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Kelly was charged with two counts of residential burglary alleging that he entered two apartments in the 100 block of South Wright Street on Jan. 6. He is due back in court Jan. 29 for a probable-cause hearing.

The younger male was charged in juvenile court with theft and identity theft. Judge Tom Difanis ordered him held in detention until Jan. 18.

According to Champaign police reports, on Sunday several people at the Wright Street apartment building reported items stolen, including a laptop computer, iPad, debit card and driver's license. Another apartment resident reported finding a young man standing in his apartment who professed to have made a mistake when he was confronted.

Later that day, the victim whose debit card was stolen discovered it had been used at a few businesses, including for a pizza purchase. Police tracked the pizza order to a northwest Champaign home.

They also developed Kelly and the younger teen as suspects after learning they had been involved in a fight at the Illinois Terminal. Video footage showed them in possession of a laptop computer.

The pair was arrested Tuesday in Champaign after police were called to the area of Prospect and White streets where two young men were trying to open car doors.

Kelly admitted to officers that he stole a credit card, laptop and iPad from one apartment and entered a second where a man confronted him. He left that apartment without getting anything. Kelly told police he gave the laptop to his younger friend to sell. It was later recovered at the Golden Hour convenience store, 301 Bloomington Road, C.

The juvenile eventually admitted he bought pizza with a stolen credit or debit card and used it to pay for a Lyft ride. He also reported that he received an iPad from Kelly.

Both young men have prior adjudications as juveniles for burglary.

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