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URBANA — A Clinton man who allegedly stole a woman's car from her place of employment early Friday has been criminally charged.

Bradley S. Osborne, 34, was charged Friday with possession of a stolen vehicle, a Class 2 felony. The charge alleges that around 1:30 a.m. he took off in a car belonging to a woman who worked at the Silver Bullet Bar, 1401 E. Washington St., U.

Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said the woman turned the engine on to warm the car and left it unattended behind the building. She returned about 10 minutes later and discovered it gone.

She located police officers, who were already close by on an unrelated call, and told them about her missing car.

Police immediately relayed the information about the vehicle to other area police, and while they were still talking to her, a Champaign police officer reported seeing the car outside a bar in downtown Champaign.

Osborne, who was seen getting out of the woman's car, was held. Urbana police took the woman to Champaign, where she identified her car and Osborne as a Silver Bullet customer.

Surles said Osborne declined to speak with officers.

If convicted of the charge, Osborne faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).