URBANA — Two teens accused of entering vehicles in an Urbana neighborhood Tuesday night have been criminally charged.
Deadric Gaines, 17, who listed an address in the 2700 block of East Illinois Street, Urbana, was charged with three counts of burglary for allegedly opening up vehicles and stealing items from them.
Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said a 16-year-old Champaign youth was arrested with Gaines. He was expected to make an appearance in juvenile court Thursday.
Morgan said about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, a couple were walking to their home in the 700 block of East High Street when they saw two young men rummaging in their pickup truck. They yelled at them and the youths took off.
About four blocks away, police caught Gaines and the other teen, who were identified by the couple and arrested.
Morgan said both youths have prior burglary-related adjudications as juveniles.
Morgan said Gaines had a bottle of liquor on him that he admitted having stolen from an Urbana grocery store earlier in the evening.
The other teen had an engagement or wedding ring in his pocket that he said he had gotten out of a car on Dodson Drive earlier Tuesday; a pink iPod; and four cellphones — three flip-style and one Blackberry.
Morgan said police are not sure to whom the ring, the iPod or the phones belong and encourage anyone who might know about them to call his department at 384-2320.
He also encourages residents who leave their vehicles out to keep them locked.
"People will break into cars," he observed, "but more often than not, they go for unlocked ones."
He also asked that people who don't find anything missing but believe their cars may have been entered to call police.
"Even if it's just change (stolen) we'd like to know," Morgan said.