URBANA — An Urbana teen on parole for burglary was arrested early Thursday for allegedly breaking into cars in the south central part of the city.
Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a call of a burglary to a car at a home in the 600 block of Burkwood Court East. The resident heard his garage door opening and thought it was his wife arriving home. When she didn't come inside right away, he looked out and discovered the car burglary.
Morgan said officers found a 15-year-old walking in that area who's currently on parole for burglary. They stopped him, questioned him and let him go. After gathering more evidence, Morgan said officers returned to the teen's home on Burlison Drive about 1 a.m. Thursday and arrested him.
Morgan said officers found items linking the teen to at least three motor vehicle burglaries in that general neighborhood that have occurred since late December.
Morgan said there have been several vehicle burglaries recently between Race and Vine streets south of Florida Avenue and the pattern is similar. The car burglar opens unlocked cars and steals small items such as GPS units, loose change, pocket knives and garage door openers.
"Lock your doors, people," the sergeant advised.
The youth was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and was expected to make a court appearance Thursday afternoon.