DECATUR — A man accused of being part of a three-person team that burglarized a Decatur gambling parlor pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of burglary.
Antwain E. Johnson, 32, appeared before Judge Phoebe Bowers in Macon County Circuit Court and was arraigned after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. Free after posting $10,000 bond, a pre-trial hearing for Johnson was set for March 1 and the case placed on the trial call of Judge Jeffrey Geisler.
A sworn police affidavit said Johnson was one of three men who burglarized Lacey’s Place, 985 W. Pershing Rd., on the night of Nov. 17. The affidavit said Johnson and his two fellow burglars drove to Springfield after the crime and were discovered by an early morning police patrol parked on an empty lot counting bills in a vehicle full of stolen money.
“All three subjects provided statements that did not match and made little sense,” said Decatur Police officer Bryan Kaylor, who worked the case.
Also charged in the burglary are Danny L. Norman, 32 and Leonde D. Johnson, 41, both free on bond. Johnson is due for a court appearance Jan. 26 and Norman is due in court Feb. 2.