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Man charged with breaking into Salem house

A McCook County Sheriff's Office vehicle. (Republic file photo)

SALEM—A Canova man was arrested Friday for allegedly breaking into a locked house in Salem.

Police responded to the house at 12:30 a.m., at which time a woman told them 33-year-old Eric Schulz was in the kitchen. The woman reportedly said that while she was home, Schulz had broken in through a door that had been locked with a deadbolt.

Schultz was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and intentional damage to property in the amount of $400 or less. He gave a PBT of 0.165.

Court documents indicate that while Schulz was originally charged with first-degree burglary, the charge was reduced to trespassing. According to an email sent from Judge Donna Bucher to the deputy who arrested Schulz, burglary is a charge that requires that the person it's brought against had an intention of committing a crime after entering.

Because the deputy didn't have enough evidence to indicate Schulz had intended to commit a crime inside the house, an amended complaint was filed that replaced the burglary charge, a Class 2 felony, to a charge of entering or surreptitiously remaining in a building, a Class 1 misdemeanor.