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James Snow

James Snow

BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington man faces escape and residential burglary charges in connection with an incident Sunday in Normal that also netted residential burglary charges against a co-defendant.

James Snow, 22, of the 2300 block of 26th Street, and Thomas Benge, 29, of the 300 block of Hibiscus Court, Bloomington, were seen by Normal police officers leaving an apartment on Trumbull Court with what appeared to be a lap top computer under Benge’s shorts, according to a statement read in court Monday by a prosecutor.

During a traffic stop a short time later, officers saw a large blue screen in a van driven by Snow, said police.

Snow is charged with running from Advocate BroMenn Medical Center where an officer was assigned to guard him as he was treated for ingesting an unknown substance following his detention at the traffic stop. Officers chased Snow several blocks before stopping him on a bicycle he allegedly stole after fleeing, said the prosecutor.

Both men were held in lieu of $7,725 each on the residential burglary charges and Snow must post an additional $7,525 on the escape charge.

According to police, the resident of the apartment has identified the computer as her property.

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