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DNA match leads to arrest in 2017 Crystal Lake burglary

Police have arrested a Ford Heights man accused of breaking into a T-Mobile store in 2017 and making off with several phones and other electronics.

DNA collected from the store at 5006 Route 14 in Crystal Lake identified Lyndell Graham as a suspect in the Oct. 27, 2017, robbery, Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski said.

Police issued a warrant for Graham's arrest in November 2018 after receiving the DNA test results, and the 28-year-old was picked up Feb. 7 by Chicago police.

Graham, of the 1500 block of Ambassador Lane, has pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary, theft and criminal damage to property, said his public defender, Richard Behof.

On Wednesday, the attorney sought to have Graham's bond reduced from $50,000 to $20,000, but Judge Sharon Prather denied the request. Graham remained at the McHenry County Jail on Wednesday evening. He must post $5,000 bail to be released.

Police believe Graham "smashed" the business' front glass door and stole more than $500 worth of cellphones and electronic devices, according to a complaint filed in McHenry County court.

Damage to the door is valued at less than $300, according to the complaint.

At the time of his arrest, Graham was on probation for a burglary conviction out of Will County after allegedly trying to break the window of a cellphone store in Crest Hill.

If convicted of the most serious charge, burglary, Graham could be sentenced to between three and seven years in prison.

He is due in court Feb. 27.

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