Former Champaign police officer faces burglary charges

Former Champaign police officer faces burglary charges.

A former Champaign Police Officer now sits behind bars.

Police said 43-year-old Justus Clinton was involved in at least 10 vehicle burglaries happening in his own community. Authorities said the burglarized vehicles in Fisher were unlocked and none were damaged. Prosecutors said surveillance footage showed Clinton committing the string of burglaries.

Fisher residents who did not want to go on camera said they are disappointed and shocked to learn the news involving not only a former authority figure, but a community member.Clinton was employed as a police officer with the city of Champaign for 14 years. Champaign County Sheriff's Office said Clinton was placed on administrative leave in March for violation unrelated to his arrest. He entered into a separation and release agreement with the city of Champaign on May 8th instead of termination.

Clinton pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday. The judge set his bond at $10,000 and Clinton has to post 10 percent for release. If Clinton is released the judge ordered for his FOID card and any of his firearms to be taken away.

Champaign County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation. Clinton's preliminary hearing is on July 3rd. Read statement on Champaign Police city's website here.

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