SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man with previous burglary convictions had bond set at $50,000 on residential burglary and criminal trespass charges.
Jermaine K. Echoles, 25, of the 800 block of Russell Road in DeKalb, has been charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and criminal trespass to residence, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
He appeared in court Monday via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County Jail.
According to court documents, a man checking on a neighbor’s home in the 300 block of Heatherfield Lane in DeKalb noticed a white van in the home’s driveway. The man’s wife took a photo of the rear license plate on the van.
She then walked over to an access door to the garage and found Echoles putting on his shoes, according to court documents. He apologized for stopping at the home and urinating outside of the house and left in the van.
Police located the van in the University Village parking lot and saw the rear license plate had been removed, according to court documents. Echoles said he stopped at the home on his way back from Walmart.
The man who contacted police said Echoles had been wearing black shorts and a black shirt. When police found Echoles, he no longer had a shirt on and was wearing jeans.
He denied changing clothes, other than taking his shirt off, according to court documents.
He would not admit to taking his shoes off or entering the residence. The rear license plate was found hidden under the middle seat of the van and matched the photo taken by the woman, according to court documents.
There was no evidence Echoles urinated outside of the home, according to court documents.
The man who contacted police found an interior door to the home had been kicked in and someone had entered. Beer was found in the home that did not belong to the owner.
Prosecutor Julie Trevarthen with the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office said Echoles has prior burglary convictions and has been sentenced to time in prison.
The public defender was appointed to represent Echoles, who will appear in court again July 12.