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BPD sergeant also held on stalking charge

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BLOOMINGTON — A stalking charge apparently has been filed against a Bloomington Police sergeant accused of trying to break into a woman's home over the weekend.

It wasn't known Tuesday whether the new charge against Sgt. Jeff Pelo, 41, is related to accusations that he attempted to burglarize a home early Saturday on Bloomington's east side.

Prosecutors had not filed a formal charge with the circuit clerk's office by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when that office closed, but jail officials said Pelo also is being held on the stalking charge. A Bloomington Police spokesman could not be reached to provide details about the new charge.

The attempted residential burglary charge stems from a complaint made by a woman, at home alone in Bloomington, who called police at 12:22 a.m. Saturday and said someone was possibly trying to get into her home through the front door and window.

A patrol officer arrived within minutes and saw Pelo, dressed in black athletic shorts and a black T-shirt, standing next to the residence, prosecutors said Monday during a court hearing.

Pelo has been in jail on $50,000 bond since Saturday. His wife, Rickielee Pelo, said Tuesday she waited for two hours in the jail lobby to bail him out before authorities told her the amount had changed because her husband now would be charged with stalking.

The new bond amount won't be known until this afternoon when Pelo is expected to be called before a judge on the stalking charge.

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