CORTLAND – Authorities spent almost 11 hours searching for a 28-year-old Cortland man reported missing Thursday who police said actually broke into a neighbor's pole barn and stole beer.
Jacob C. Brummett, of the 15000 block of East North Avenue, was charged Friday with trespassing and theft, both misdemeanors. After driving his 2002 Buick LeSabre into a ditch Thursday, he wandered onto his neighbor's property, entered the building and helped himself to beer he found inside, DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said.
Brummett was reported missing about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. His abandoned car was found in a ditch near his home on North Avenue, about a half-mile west of Airport Road, authorities said. Brummett had been drinking vodka before he broke into his neighbor's building, Scott said.
Sheriff's police searched with a police dog, and Illinois State Police used a specialized helicopter to scan the area where Brummett's car was found until 3:30 a.m. Friday. Authorities resumed searching about 9 a.m., calling in search dogs from the Midwest K9 Emergency Response Team in Lee.
The neighbor found Brummett, conscious but lying down, about 12:45 p.m. Friday, in a finished room inside the pole barn, authorities said. He was taken to DeKalb County Jail after receiving a precautionary medical examination. He is expected to appear in court Saturday.