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If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Champaign County Crime Stoppers or submit a tip via this website or our P3Tips app. .  You do not have to give your name.  Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and you will always remain 100% anonymous. 

6/26/2017 - Police are seeking Assistance Reguarding an Armed Robbery in the 1200 Block of North Prospect
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On June 12, 2017 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the suspect entered a business in the 1200 block of North Prospect and brandished a firearm. The suspect was a black male wearing a mask, 5’11, medium build, longsleeved white button down shirt, blue jeans, and ball cap. He tied up the employees and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was seen driving the vehicle in attached photos.

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6/18/2017 - Missing International Scholar
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This week Champaign County Crime Stoppers and the University of Illinois Police Department are seeking assistance from the public regarding a missing person.

Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was last seen on Friday, June 9, 2017, in Urbana, Illinois. Security cameras captured her getting into a car at the corner of West Clark Street and North Goodwin Avenue around 2:04 p.m. that day.

Zhang is a 26 year old Asian female, 5’4”, 110 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a charcoal-colored baseball hat, a pink-and-white top, jeans, and white tennis shoes. She carried a black backpack. The suspect`s vehicle is described as a black Saturn Astra four-door hatchback. It appeared to be driven by a white male who circled the area prior to making contact with Zhang.

If you have any information regarding Zhang`s whereabouts or the Saturn Astra plase contact Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS or submit a tip using the button below.

Reward of up to $40,000 is being offered for this unique case. 

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6/12/2017 - Multiple Reports of Gunfire in the 500 Block of East Eureka

On June 2, 2017 at approximately 6:14 PM, Champaign Police Officers responded to the 500 Block of E. Eureka St., after receiving multiple reports of gunfire. Upon arrival, police located a 24-year-old male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital, but died a short time later that same evening.


Champaign Police Detectives have continued investigation into this incident and developed information that led to the issuance of an arrest warrant. On June 5, a warrant for First Degree Murder was issued for Marquis T. Burnett, a 21-year-old male from Champaign. Bond on the warrant was set at $1,000,000.


On June 7, at approximately 5:23 PM, officers from the multi-jurisdictional Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force located Burnett in a vehicle near the 2100 block of N. Lincoln Ave. in Urbana. The vehicle was stopped and Burnett was taken into custody without incident.

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6/5/2017 - Discharge of Fire Arm at Market Place Mall in Champaign

On May 29, 2017 at 9:06 p.m., the Champaign Police Department responded to Market Place Mall located at 2000 N Neil Street for the report of a gunshot being fired. Witnesses advised 12-15 subjects were gathered in the mall when an argument ensued. One victim received a head injury as a result of the confrontation, but fled the scene after a single gunshot was fired.

All involved subjects were described as black males and black females, late teens to mid-20s. The victim was described as a skinny black male with short hair. The suspects involved in the shooting were described as a slim black male, early 20s, average height with very short dreads. A second suspect was described as a black male, 6’ tall with a thicker build and short hair. Subjects were seen leaving the area in a black Chevy Impala and an older gold Pontiac.

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5/30/2017 - Report of a Shoplifter at Circle K in Champaign
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On May 21, 2017 at 1:17 a.m., Champaign Officers were dispatched to the Circle K at 1511 N Prospect in Champaign for the report of a shoplifter. A white male stole beer and then left in a tan Pontiac Grand Am with Illinois plate Q424878, which was found to have been stolen out of Bloomington, Illinois.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 50’s with gray hair, and was last seen wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans. There was a white female in the passenger seat of the stolen vehicle but there is no further description on her.

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5/22/2017 - Report of a Shooting in the 900 Block of North Third Street in Champaign
On May 16, 2017 at 10:21 p.m., Champaign Officers were dispatched to the 900-block of N. Third Street for the report of a shooting. Several shots had been fired but luckily no individuals had been hit. During the incident two homes and numerous vehicles were damaged by bullets. A large group of people left the scene running southwest through the park

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5/15/2017 - Burglaries to Motor Vehicles and Credit Card Frauds
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On May 3-4 and May 8-9, 2017 two black males entered several unlocked vehicles and stole wallets, U.S. currency, and jewelry. Shortly after the burglaries the males used the stolen credit cards and made numerous purchases at local retail establishments totaling over $1500.

The suspects are both described as black males, thin, in their late teens to early 20s. The suspects were wearing ball caps and black or dark hooded sweatshirts and dark shoes. The males were wearing black or dark pants during some transactions and khaki or beige pants during other transactions.

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5/8/2017 - Stolen Debit/Credit Card Numbers Produced into Cloned Cards for Unauthorized Purchases In Area Store
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This week Champaign County Crime Stoppers and the Urbana Police Department would like the public’s assistance identifying two subjects who have used stolen debit/credit card numbers produced into cloned cards for unauthorized purchases at area stores. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and Champaign Police Department have also taken multiple reports in which the same suspect has been identified from surveillance images. The male, in the red shirt, is the common suspect in all of these cases. He is believed to drive or haveaccess to a newer gray Infiniti QX60 SUV.


The accompanying photos are from April 9, 2017 at a grocery store in Urbana. A $200 gift card was purchased along with a few inexpensive items. The primary suspect appears to be Hispanic or a well-tanned white male, approximately 35 years old, with a muscular build, clean shaven with a 2” buzz haircut. It is possible they are not residents of Illinois or central Illinois. He may have been a guest at some area motel/hotels.

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5/1/2017 - Shots Fired at Third and Washington in Champaign

On March 28, 2017 at 8:42 p.m., Champaign Police were dispatched to the area of Third/Washington for a report of shots fired. Shortly thereafter officers were notified a black male with a gunshot wound walked into Carle Hospital in Urbana. The victim received treatment for a single gunshot wound and was later released from the hospital.

The suspect is described as a dark skinned black male, 18-20 years old, 6’ tall and skinny. He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

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4/24/2017 - Home Invasion in Champaign

On April 7, 2017 at 11:30 p.m., two black males armed with a handgun entered a home in the 1200-block of Gertrude Avenue in Champaign. The suspects demanded the home owner go through the residence with them as they rummaged through every room. The suspects then left with numerous items of property and the victim’s vehicle. The stolen vehicle has been recovered.


The suspects are both described as black males, 15-16 years of age, 5’10” and 150-160 lbs. Both males were wearing a black hat, black mask, and black shirt and pants.

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