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Three facing burglary charges

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 11:39 p.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Police said three people who appeared in court Tuesday on burglary charges attempted to steal items from two different properties within the county.

Leah R. Behrens, 27, of the first block of Chatham Place in Montgomery, Michael A. Stanley, 27, of the 100 block of Monroe Street in Aurora, and Bradley J. Stanley, 26, of the first block of Brookside Lane in Bristol, each were charged with burglary.

Behrens also was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a revoked license. Bradley Stanley was charged with permitting a person under the influence to drive.

If convicted of burglary, each could face up to seven years in prison. All three appeared in court via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County Jail.

Residents of a home in the 10000 block of Duffy Road contacted the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office regarding a burglary in progress about 11 p.m. Monday, according to court documents.

They noticed a white SUV to the west of the property with its lights off and saw someone run from an outbuilding wearing a dark shirt with white lettering.

The SUV fled the area and was stopped about a half mile away by Waterman police, according to court documents. At that point, the driver, Behrens, made an attempt to switch seats with Michael and Bradley Stanley.

Behrens was found to be under the influence. Bradley Stanley was wearing a dark shirt with white lettering.

Residents said items in the outbuilding had been moved and placed by the door, according to court documents.

Sheriff Roger Scott said the three are also charged in another burglary that occurred just before the one on Duffy Road. Items were taken from an outbuilding on a property in the 17000 block of Route 23, and a number of those items and burglary tools were found in the SUV.

Each had bond set at $100,000 in court Tuesday. The public defender’s office was appointed to represent Behrens.

Local attorney Robert Nolan was appointed to represent Bradley Stanley and local attorney Peter Gruber was appointed to represent Michael Stanley to avoid conflicts of interest with the public defender.

All three will appear in court again today on the additional charges of burglary and theft. Michael and Bradley Stanley also are charged with possession of burglary tools.

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