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Two college athletes arrested in burglary case

Two college athletes arrested in burglary case

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DeKALB - A Northern Illinois University football player and his twin brother, a member of the University of Wisconsin football team, are accused of breaking into an off-campus apartment and trying to steal an Xbox game console, authorities said Thursday.

Wisconsin sophomore cornerback and All-Big Ten Conference pick Jack Ikegwuonu and his twin brother, Northern Illinois safety William Ikegwuonu, face residential burglary and criminal trespass charges, authorities said. The 20-year-olds were arrested Saturday, according to DeKalb police Lt. Jim Kayes.

The felony charge of residential burglary carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $25,000 fine. The criminal trespass charge is a misdemeanor, Kayes said.

Police were called to an area of apartments mainly inhabited by students, where a tenant returning home at 2 a.m. Saturday noticed his apartment open, police said. The man said he spotted two men in the apartment, one holding the Xbox, which was dropped when the men ran from the apartment, according to authorities.

The alleged victim followed one of the men, who fled to a nearby apartment, while the second man fled in a different direction, Kayes said.

Jack Ikegwuonu contacted his brother, who came to police headquarters and was placed under arrest, Kayes said.

Jack Ikegwuonu was released Monday from the DeKalb County Jail on $150,000 bond. William Ikegwuonu posted a $50,000 bond Tuesday, said DeKalb County Sheriff's Lt. Joyce Klein.

Wisconsin is scheduled to appear in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla. The Huskies will play TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 19.

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