Convicted burglar arrested again for allegedly stealing items from campus building, apartments

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URBANA — A Carlinville man who was released from custody earlier this month after being charged with residential burglary has been arrested again for burglary and other crimes.

Javarrias Miller, 24, was arrested Friday, suspected of stealing multiple packages from the doorsteps and mail areas of campus-area apartments.

A maintenance man at an apartment building in the 1100 block of West Stoughton Street in Urbana found a man sleeping in the boiler room Friday morning.

UI police were called and recognized Miller, who has no permanent address. They have arrested him 10 times since December 2022 for theft, trespassing, burglary, possession of stolen property, identity theft and stalking. In one case, he allegedly made a threat of violence toward a university residence hall.

Police had been looking for Miller since Oct. 18, when he allegedly stole a university-owned laptop computer from the Illini Union, 1402 W. Green St., U, then ran from police when confronted.

When police went to the apartment complex on Friday, Miller was found with that computer as well as several other open packages that were apparently stolen.

He was arrested for trespassing, theft, burglary, resisting police and possession of stolen property but was released from custody on Saturday and given another notice to appear in court at a later date.

In addition to the pending residential burglary case that stemmed from Miller’s alleged break-in at an Urbana apartment in July while the residents slept, Miller has other cases pending for burglary in Champaign County and criminal damage to property in Montgomery County. He also has previous convictions for burglary and battery and late last year had been banned from the UI campus.

Police are contacting the owners of the recovered items and have issued the following warnings to lessen the chance of package theft:

Do not prop open doors or hold secure doors open for strangers.

When ordering from Amazon, consider having the package delivered to a secure Amazon hub instead of your doorstep, especially if it’s valuable.

Do not have packages delivered to your home or apartment while you are away for an extended period.

Sign up for the carrier’s text message notifications so you know when a package has been delivered then retrieve it promptly.

Report suspicious activity to police immediately. If you witness a package theft in progress, call 911 and be prepared to provide a description of the person involved.

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