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By Carmen Ensinger
A Murrayville teen and a juvenile accomplice have been arrested in conjunction with a rash of burglaries that has occurred in Greenfield recently.
Darrius Demetrius Williams, 18, of Greenfield, was arrested in conjunction with the burglaries and charged with one count of Residential Burglary, two counts of Burglary, eight counts of Burglary to a Motor Vehicle and one count of Theft over $500 and less than $10,000.
Greenfield Police Chief John Goode said on Aug. 12 numerous reports started coming into his office about burglaries occurring within the city.
“We began getting calls about vehicles being entered as well as garages,” Goode said. “A firearm was reported stolen from a vehicle and numerous values had been reported stolen from all of the victims.”
Technology and social media would be the downfall of Williams in the end.
“A Facebook post showing surveillance video the following morning led to a Greenfield citizen ‘s report of a male subject matching the description,” Goode said. “An investigation began on Bluff St. where the male was seen walking.”
Greenfield Police Of-
ficers found the subject and brought him to
the Greenfield Police De-
partment to obtain a positive identification.
“While the attempt to identify the subject was not yet completed, a report of a gun located on Bluff St., near the area where the officers began speaking with the man to identify him was found,” Goode said. “At this time, the subject ran out of the police department and a foot pursuit ensued. Moments later, in the 300 block of Walnut St., officers were able to apprehend the male subject, who was later identified as Williams of 105 Highland St., Murrayville.”
Also, during the investigation, a warrant was issued on a male juvenile in connection with the overnight activity. The juvenile has been taken into custody and the investigation is ongoing. His name cannot be released due to his age.
“We have only had 11 people who have reported that their vehicle or garage/outbuilding have been entered so far,” Goode said. “If anyone noticed anything on Aug. 12, we urge you to report it as some victims report that they noticed their vehicle ransacked, but do not know if anything was taken.”
The Residential Burglary charge is a Class 1 Felony and is a non-probational offense carrying a 4-15 year term in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by one year of Mandatory Supervised Re-
lease and a maximum fine of $25,000.
The two counts of Burglary are Class 2 Felonies and carry a maximum probation term of 48 months or a 3-7 year term in the Department of Corrections along with a $25,000 fine. The eight counts of Burglary to a Motor Vehicle and Theft charge are Class 3 Felonies which carry a 2-5 year term in the DOC or 30 months probation, along with a $25,000 fine.