A homeless man was indicted last week by a Tazewell County grand jury for allegedly stealing a cheeseburger.
PEKIN – A homeless man was indicted last week by a Tazewell County grand jury for allegedly stealing a cheeseburger. Dennis J. Colver, 36, is charged with burglary and theft in the Aug. 15 incident. Burglary is a Class 2 felony, punishable by three to seven years in prison.
According to court records, a Pekin Hospital employee saw a man he later identified as Colver leave the hospital, reach into the front passenger side of a vehicle parked in the hospital’s entrance drive, and take a hamburger out of a passenger’s hand.
The passenger told police he was unwrapping a McDonald’s cheeseburger when a man took the food from him and walked away. Police said the driver of the vehicle and another passenger verified the story.
Colver was spotted by police at 10th Street and Broadway Road eating a cheeseburger. Police found a McDonald’s cheeseburger wrapper in his pants pocket.
Colver has been convicted on building and land trespassing charges 11 times in 2012 and 2013. Ten charges were misdemeanors. He was given jail sentences ranging from 10 to 180 days. An ordinance violation resulted in a fine.
He’s jailed on $5,000 bond on the burglary and theft charges. His next court appearance is Sept. 27.