DECATUR – Jikime Wilson, a 23-year-old Decatur man who was convicted on a felony burglary charge in January, was arraigned Thursday on 10 more felony counts after police connected him to three more burglaries involving elderly or middle-age victims.

On Sept. 23, a 53-year-old woman's house was burglarized on East Drive, shortly after she left home. She told police Wilson had called her that morning, to make sure she was not at home. Wilson is a cousin of teens she mentored.

When she returned home, a glass door was shattered, and her TV set, other electronics and jewelry were missing. Detectives found her jewelry at a pawn shop and arrested Wilson on Oct. 19. Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of burglary Nov. 13 and was sentenced to 24 months of probation.

On Oct. 1, a 52-year-old woman told police the locked rear door of her house in the 2100 block of North Water Street had been kicked in, and she was missing an iPhone, laptop computer and jewelry. Two 16-year-old male juveniles were arrested the following day, including one who resided with Wilson in the 2000 block of North Main Street.

Latent fingerprints lifted from the door of the residence "were found to be made by Jikime Wilson," said an affidavit by Decatur police detective Eric Matthews.

When Wilson was arrested Jan. 31, he told police he was inside the Water Street house with four juveniles when the juveniles stole items from the residence. Wilson also admitted to being with the juveniles when they committed another burglary Oct. 1 in his neighborhood.

On Oct. 2, officers responding to a traffic crash found an unoccupied 2004 Buick which had crashed into a parked car and a tree. When the Buick's owner was located, the 89-year-old man said his residence in the 300 block of East Pierson Avenue had been burglarized the previous day. He was missing his car keys and six watches, including a 100-year-old pocket watch.

On Oct. 6, a 65-year-old woman reported that her house on East Drive had been burglarized. Her stolen Apple iPad was located Nov. 6 in the basement of Wilson's house, about a foot away from his Illinois ID card.

Police were called to North Main Street on Nov. 6 on the report of a male impersonating a police officer. Wilson lived in the same residence as the juvenile arrested in that case. When the house was searched, the iPad was found. A resident related to the juvenile identified Wilson as the iPad's owner.

Wilson, who is being held in jail on $50,000 bond, is facing charges of residential burglary, burglary, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and theft. He is due in court March 1 for a preliminary hearing.


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