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Millikin University football player faces burglary charge

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Nicholas K. Lotts

Nicholas K. Lotts

DECATUR — A Millikin University freshman football player is facing a preliminary charge of burglary, accused of stealing another student player’s sound bar speaker system, police said.

A sworn Decatur police affidavit said Nicholas K. Lotts, listed on the 2018 roster as a wide receiver from St. Louis, stole a $250 soundbar along with a $300 PlayStation games system and related equipment early Saturday morning. The soundbar belonged to Osvalvo Ramirez, 20, listed on the 2019 roster as a running back from Chicago. The other equipment belonged to fellow students Ramirez shares an apartment with in the 1100 block of West Wood Street, according to the affidavit from Decatur officer Benjamin Massey.

Lotts, 18, faces a charge of residential burglary as does Deion J. Sims, 18, listed in a previous Herald & Review story as a freshman from Memphis, Tenn., who police said carried out the burglary with Lotts. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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In the affidavit, Massey said he was investigating the burglary and talking to Ramirez when Ramirez saw Lotts and Sims walking through a courtyard of the student apartments. A roommate of Ramirez had earlier seen Lotts and Sims leaving the victims’ apartment and dropping the soundbar to the ground from a balcony. The stolen items were later recovered in a female student’s apartment.

The female student told police she had heard Lotts and Sims come into her apartment while she was asleep and the men had told her they would come back later.

Lotts and Sims were taken into custody at 2:06 a.m. Massey said a review of surveillance footage showed some of the crime: “I observed that at about 1:08 a.m. Nicholas and Deion are seen walking to the steps leading to (the victim’s) apartment,” Massey said. “They can be seen walking up the steps with nothing in their hands. At about 1:10 a.m. ... both Nicholas and Deion are seen on the second floor landing. Deion is seen dropping a black object that appears to be the sound bar off the balcony.” Both men are later seen running away, Sims clutching the soundbar, the affidavit said.

Millikin University spokesman Dane Lisser said Monday, “We are continuing to gather information about that incident and that situation, but we have no further comment at this time.”

The Macon County Jail  showed Monday night that Lotts remained in custody in lieu of posting $5,000 bail. Sims was listed as free after posting $5,000 bond.

2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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