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Crime & Courts

Bond set for pair accused in DeKalb school break-ins

SYCAMORE – The two men accused of breaking into several DeKalb schools and Fairview Cemetery office remained in DeKalb County Jail on Wednesday unable to post $5,000 bail each.

Justin A. Butz, 18, of the 100 block of Heritage Drive, and Christopher M. Becker, 18, of the 900 block of South First Street, both of DeKalb, were charged with burglary, criminal damage to state-supported property and theft, court records show.

Becker also is accused of three counts of criminal defacement for allegedly spray-painting the concession stand at Huntley Middle School.

The duo were arrested after Becker allegedly broke into DeKalb Cathedral of Praise, 1126 S. First St., alone early Tuesday, according to court records. The pastor arrived to find a bag with tools and alcohol on the floor, door trim lying on the floor and a hole on the wall near the administrative office, court records show.

Police soon found Becker about four blocks away standing near Lincoln Elementary School, 220 E. Sunset Place, with a black bag containing tools, according to court records.

The pair told police Becker broke into the church alone but that they committed several burglaries at local schools together between April 30 and Monday, court records show. Authorities found cash stolen from Huntley Middle School under a mattress in Butz’ home.

If convicted of the most serious charge, each could be sentenced to probation or up to 15 years in prison.

Butz is next due in court May 21, while Becker is next due in court May 22.

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