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BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington man remains in McLean County jail in lieu of posting $20,035 bond on burglary, theft and gun charges.

Officers from the Bloomington Police Department were called to Midwest Exchange in the 1400 block of East Empire at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a vehicle burglary at a business. Upon arrival, employees told officers that a gun and other personal property including some cash and two pairs of sunglasses were stolen from vehicles in the parking lot. Officers also determined the same suspect stole a cell phone charger from inside of the business.

On Wednesday, the BPD’s Street Crimes Unit, patrol division, and detectives division arrested Drashan M. Jackson, 21, of Bloomington, while in possession of the stolen firearm. On Thursday, he was formally charged with unlawful possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, two counts of burglary and theft.

During a court appearance via a video link from the McLean County jail, Jackson denied the charges read by a prosecutor.

“Those are all lies he told,” he said.

Jackson’s bond was lowered from $300,000 to $200,000, and must post $20,035 to be released. He told the court he could post $1,000 in cash.

He is due in court on Aug. 9.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Detective Jared Bierbaum at 309-434-2807 or jbierbaum@cityblm.org.

To remain anonymous, call McLean County Crime Stoppers at 309-828-1111.

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Contact Kelsey Watznauer at (309) 820-3254. Follow her on Twitter: @kwatznauer.