Men accused of stealing designer sunglasses


MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - Two people have been arrested for burglary in Mattoon.

48-year-old Uthman Muhammad and 34-year-old George Ortiz, both of Decatur, are charged with burglary.

Ortiz was also charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest, and obstructing justice.

Both are accused of coming into All About Eyes in the 1000 block of Charleston and stealing designer sunglasses.

Employees provided video of the theft to police from surveillance cameras.

Both men had already left the store in a vehicle.

Police said when officers tried to stop them, Ortiz, who was driving, fled in the vehicle.

Ortiz drove the vehicle off road in the 7000 block of W. Country Club Road. Police said he got out and ran while Muhammad remained at the vehicle.

Police said Ortiz was caught, but continued to resist during the arrest. 

They said he also originally provided police with a false name. 

Both Ortiz and Muhammad were taken to the Coles County Jail.      

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