URBANA — A Mahomet man arrested Monday night in connection with two camper trailer fires in the village has been charged only with a burglary that allegedly happened last week.
State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said she filed only a single count of burglary against Adrian D. Foster, 21, alleging that he entered a vehicle in the 300 block of Windwood Court in Mahomet on Aug. 9 intending to steal because she felt she could prove that count.
Mahomet Police Chief Mike Metzler said police arrested Foster, who listed an address in the 1700 block of Tin Cup Road, after two fires and another car burglary that occurred in a short period of time Monday night.
Metzler said that just before 11 p.m. Monday, Cornbelt firefighters and police were called to a camper fire at a home in the 900 block of Penny Lane. The pop-up camper with a canvass top was burned to the frame.
About two minutes later they received a report of another larger camper on fire in the 800 block of Riverside Drive, which is about two blocks away. Its interior was destroyed, Metzler said.
Both fires were apparently started on the inside of the unlocked campers, Metzler said.
“While we are investigating those fires, we get call of a burglary to motor vehicle in progress in the 1200 block Vista View Court in southwest Mahomet,” said Metzler.
A citizen reported seeing two men getting into a couple of cars in that neighborhood. Metzler said he and other officers were able to catch Foster, while the other man ran away.
It’s not clear how the other man left the area, but Metzler said about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, a person living in the 1000 block of Fawn Drive, near Vista View, reported to police that his sport utility vehicle had been stolen. Metzler said it was recovered later Tuesday morning from the Candlewood Estates Mobile Home Park.
Metzler said police linked Foster to the arsons Monday night as well as some recent burglaries to vehicles and garages through items that were found on him.
Rietz said she chose to charge Foster with the case she felt she could prove.
“There is evidence to support the conclusion that Foster committed the arsons but the evidence supporting the burglary count is the strongest at this time,” said Rietz.
Burglary is a Class 2 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison upon conviction.
Judge Richard Klaus set Foster’s bond at $1,500 and told him to be back in court Oct. 9.
Anyone with information about the other man or car burglaries is asked to call Mahomet Police at 586-5533 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-8477.