2 plead guilty to golf course break-ins


Two men placed on community control in January for breaking into golf courses in Champaign County recently pleaded guilty to charges for similar activities in Logan County.

According to documents filed in the Logan County Clerk of Courts Office, Joshua R. Blakely, 19, and Skyler L. Reisinger, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering and one count of possession of criminal tools, all fifth degree felonies, on Feb. 17 and 21 respectively.

A sentencing hearing for Reisinger is scheduled for March 27, according to the clerk of court’s website, but no sentencing date was listed for Blakely.

The charges stemmed from break-ins at multiple golf courses in Logan County last year.

The co-defendants were caught after law enforcement checked on Liberty Hills Golf Club in the early morning hours on Sept. 7, 2016, following an alarm drop at Cherokee Hills Golf Course on the same day. After a Logan County sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle pulling from the driveway of Liberty Hills traveling under five miles per hour, the deputy initiated a traffic stop, observing Blakely and Reisinger in the vehicle dressed in dark clothing with a crowbar visible in the vehicle.

Upon speaking with the co-defendants, law enforcement reported they learned the co-defendants started sneaking into the Urbana Country Club and continued to break into other golf courses.

The co-defendants were indicted in Champaign County last October before pleading guilty to four fifth degree felony breaking and entering charges and one third degree felony grand theft when the property is a firearm or dangerous ordnance charge in December.

In Champaign County, the co-defendants were charged for breaking into the Lakeland Golf Course, Indian Springs Golf Club and the Urbana Country Club.

Both co-defendants were placed on community control for a period of five years in January and ordered to serve the first 60 days of this sentence in the Tri-County Regional. Other conditions of community control included performing 500 hours of community service, writing apology letters to the respective golf courses and both were prohibited from engaging in any activity on a public or private golf course while on community control.

In addition to respective $250 fines, the co-defendants will pay their share of $7,778.99 in joint restitution. If community control is revoked in the Champaign County case, both co-defendants face a 21-month prison sentence.

The co-defendants were also indicted last November in Clark County for similar crimes. According to court documents filed on Feb. 17, the cases were dismissed against both co-defendants.



By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

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