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Unknown Suspect for Forgery & Retail theft
February 28, 2018
On 11-25-17 at 18:51hrs a black male walked into the Casey’s store in Tolono and presented a fake check to a cashier. The suspect attempted to purchase multiple items totaling $177.68. The cashier took the check and noticed it was fake. The cashier called her manager about the check. The suspect while waiting for the cashier to return grabbed a 100 box count of New Ports cigarettes from the counter. He exited store without paying for them. The suspect left the fake check with the cashier. (Tolono PD case #17-24-265)
Deceptive Practices In Champaign and Urbana
February 26, 2018
Between December 1, 2017 and December 15, 2017 fraudulent checks were deposited at Chase Bank locations in Champaign and Urbana. Inevitably bank accounts were compromised and money withdrawn valuing over $4,500. The suspect is described as a black male with short hair and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying the suspect who was captured on video.
Residential Burglary in the City Of Champaign
February 20, 2018
On January 11th, 2018 officers received a report of a residential burglary that took place in the 3200 block of Valley Brook Drive, Champaign between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. The suspect was captured on security video attempting to gain access to a neighboring house at 4:25 a.m. The suspect appears to be a white male, medium build, and appears to be balding with shaved or very short hair on the sides and back of his head. The suspect gained access to a residence and stole multiple items.
Residential Burglaries in Urbana
February 12, 2018
From December 2017 thru January 2018, several residential burglaries have occurred in Urbana especially throughout the southeast portion of the community. The offender(s) forced their way into homes through doors and windows, then targeted flat screen televisions, gaming systems and jewelry. During some of the residential burglaries the offender(s) took keys for vehicles parked at the homes and then stole the vehicle(s).
Most of these burglaries were committed during the day and the offender(s) utilized backyards to stay out of sight. These incidents are being actively investigated and we are encouraging our community to contact Champaign County Crime Stoppers with any information.
Motor Vehicles Burglaries in Rantoul
February 05, 2018
During the month of January 2018, police have taken more than forty reports of vehicles being entered and personal property stolen. These burglaries are occurring during the evening and overnight hours and are being committed in several different neighborhoods around town. Nearly all of the vehicles being entered have been left unlocked by the owners, allowing easy access by the suspect(s).
Crime Stoppers is reminding all vehicle owners to lock and secure your vehicles, even when parked in your own driveway.
Attempted Child Abduction
January 29, 2018
On January 23, 2018 at approximately 7:09 a.m., a 13-year-old male was walking to school when a red, 4-door pickup truck pulled up beside him and demanded he get into the vehicle while implying he had a gun. The suspect was described as a white male in his 40’s with whiskers on his chin.
Crime Stoppers is seeking assistance in locating any video from Harrington Drive in Champaign, or along any portion of Prospect Avenue near Harrington Drive. If you have any information regarding these crimes you may contact Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS, 373tips.com, or via the P3 Tips mobile app.
Use of Stolen Credit Cards in Champaign
January 22, 2018
On January 17, 2018 two males used stolen credit cards to make purchases at County Market, located at 2901 W. Kirby, and at Piccadilly Liquor at 2202 W. John St. in Champaign. One suspect is described as a heavyset black male with glasses, wearing a black hat and plaid jacket. The second suspect is a white male with facial hair, wearing a white ball cap and black jacket.
Use of Stolen Credit Cards at Blue Star II in ChampaignSTATUS
January 16, 2018
On December 3, 2017 a female suspect used stolen credit cards to make purchases at Blue Star II located at 918 W Bradley in Champaign. The suspect is described as a black female, 30-40 years old, slightly heavyset, with short black hair.
Vehicle Burglaries in St. Joseph
January 08, 2018
On Friday November 10th, 2017, Champaign County Deputies responded to the Village of St. Joseph for reports of multiple burglaries to vehicles that occurred during the late night of November 9th and the early morning of November 10th, 2017. The suspects took multiple items that included credit cards. The credit cards were then used at the Meijer Stores in Danville, IL and Indianapolis, IN where images of the two (2) suspects were later obtained by Investigators. (Reference S17-3243)
On Friday December 15th, 2017, Champaign County Deputies responded again to the Village of St. Joseph for multiple burglaries to vehicles that occurred during the early morning hours of December 10th, 2017. Some of the items taken were a handgun and a credit card. The credit card was then used at the Danville, IL Meijer. (Reference S17-3587
Suspect #1 was a slimmer built black male in his late teens/early 20s with short black hair. He was wearing a grey crew neck sweatshirt with black sweatpants.
Suspect #2 was a slimmer built black male in his late teens/early 20s with black hair. He was wearing a gray (sleeves and hood) and green (body) hooded sweatshirt, with the hood up. He was also wearing gray colored sweatpants with a black stripe on the side.
January 02, 2018
On October 12, 2017 at approximately 12:33 p.m. a suspect entered Regions Bank located at 111 S. State Street in Champaign and withdrew $4,500 from the victim’s account.
The suspect is a black male approximately 5’06-5’10 inches tall, 160-175 pounds, has long dreads which were pulled back in a pony tail, and he has a chin strap goatee. The suspect showed identification for the transaction which is believed to be a fake ID
Purse Snatching in Champaign
December 26, 2017
On Thursday 12/14/17 at approximately 11:45AM a 73-year-old woman was walking to her vehicle in a parking lot in the 2100 block of West Springfield in Champaign when a suspect approached her from behind and forcibly took her purse from her. The suspect ran north toward Gramercy Park Apartments in the 2100 block of West White Street.
The suspect is described as a younger male, 6'00 tall, 180 pounds, wearing a dark colored jacket or sweatshirt with the hood up and blue jeans. Suspects later attempted to use the victim's credit card at an ATM in the 900 block of West Bradley Avenue in Champaign and then again at an ATM located inside the Conoco gas station at 1202 N. Mattis Avenue.
Armed Robbery of Circle K in Champaign
December 18, 2017
On December 10, 2017 at 11:57 a.m., a male suspect pointed a handgun at an employee at the Circle K, located at 59 E. Green St. in Champaign, and demanded money. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money
and merchandise from the store.
The suspect was described as a black male, 20-30 years of age, 6’ tall with a goatee. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants, white shoes, and was carrying a black backpack.
Armed Robbery of Lucky Star Food and Liquor in Champaign
December 11, 2017
On Saturday November 25th, 2017 at 11:36 p.m., Champaign County Deputies responded to “Lucky Star Food and Liquor” at 2108 E. University Ave. in Urbana for an armed robbery that just occurred. Three (3) suspects entered the store wearing masks, and held the employee at gun point, while they took U.S. currency, a black Cobra GPS, alcohol, and scratch-off lottery tickets.
The 3 suspects then left the store and climbed over the fence located on the east side of the business which led into Woodland Acres Mobile Home Park (2200 E. University Ave) where it is believed their vehicle was parked. The
vehicle (unknown colored SUV) exited Woodland Acres and turned eastbound onto University Ave.
Suspect #1 was a medium built black male wearing a black cloth covering his face, a red stocking cap, a black colored hooded jacket, white gloves, dark colored pants, black or grey shoes. The suspect displayed a black handgun
which he pointed at the employee.
Suspect #2 was a medium built black male wearing a Halloween style mask, dark colored sweatshirt with a long sleeve red shirt underneath, dark pants, black shoes, and white gloves. The suspect displayed a black handgun which
he pointed at the employee.
Suspect #3 was a thinner built black male wearing a black stocking cap, a red cloth covering his face, a blue jacket, a black hood, dark colored pants, black shoes, black gloves, and was carrying a red and black colored bag.
Shooting at Country Brook Apartments in Champaign
December 04, 2017
On November 25, 2017 at approximately 4:10 AM, Champaign Police Officers responded to the 2500 block of W. Springfield Ave., (Country Brook Apartments) after receiving a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police
found a 28-year-old male, later identified as Martrell Johnson, who had sustained a gunshot wound. Johnson was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Information has been developed,
which indicates the shooting occurred outside; however, it stemmed from an argument that took place inside a nearby apartment.
Armed Robberies of Delivery Drivers in Champaign
November 27, 2017
On November 19, 2017 at 9:05 p.m., a pizza delivery driver was approached in the 1500-block of Cobblestone Way, Champaign by two male suspects who stole the food order being delivered. The suspects were described as black males, both 6’ tall and 20-30 years old, with one suspect slightly heavier than the other. Both suspects were last seen wearing black ski masks, black jackets, black pants, and one suspect displayed a firearm.
On November 19, 2017 at 9:56 p.m., a sandwich delivery driver reported what was believed to be an attempted robbery in the 1700-block of Burnetta Street in Champaign. The two possible suspects were described as black males, both 6’ tall and 20-30 years old, with one suspect slightly heavier than the other.
Both suspects were wearing black ski masks and all dark clothing.
On November 20, 2017 at 7:54 p.m., a food delivery driver was approached in the 1700-block of Burnetta Street in Champaign by two male suspects who demanded money. The suspects were described as black males, 5’11, wearing black ski masks and all dark clothing. One suspect displayed what appeared to be a firearm.
Burglary/Credit Card Fraud in Champaign
November 20, 2017
On November 7, 2017 at approximately 10:05 a.m., a male suspect entered a private office at Christie Clinic and stole credit cards from a purse. The credit cards were later used at Walmart to make purchases over $500.
The suspect is described as a tall black male, 25-35 years of age, with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a long sleeved gray shirt and jeans.
Attempted Arson in Champaign
November 13, 2017
During the hours of Monday, November 6, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. and Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:50 a.m., a window was broken to a business located in the 2100-block of S Neil Street. Found near the broken window, just inside the business, was what appeared to be an incendiary device. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit was dispatched to this location to investigate and remove the device.
Use of Cloned Credit Card at Champaign Target Store
November 06, 2017
On October 29, 2017 at approximately 5:05 p.m., a male suspect used a cloned credit card to make a purchase over $1000 at Target, located at 2102 N Prospect Avenue in Champaign.
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a tan jacket with green camo-colored sleeves. The right sleeve of the jacket was embroidered with the letter ‘H’ and the front displayed the image of a shark. The suspect left the area in a dark colored SUV.
Several Burglaries from Motor Vehicles in Savoy
October 30, 2017
Between September 17, 2017 and October 10, 2017, five (5) Burglary from Motor Vehicles (BMVs) have taken place at Winfield Village apartments located in Savoy, Illinois. Items taken from the vehicles included currency and electronics.
The BMVs are believed to be taking place during the nighttime and early morning hours between 11:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. The attached photo shows four (4) subjects seen on camera checking vehicle door handles and looking into vehicles on September 17, 2017 at 1:34 a.m.
The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office is also seeking information about three (3) BMVs that took place in Philo, Illinois between October 3, 2017 and October 21, 2017. Items taken from the vehicles include purses (and the contents) and currency.
Identity Theft and Opening Store Credit Accounts
October 23, 2017
During the weekend of July 29-30, an unidentified male entered the Champaign Target, Guitar Center, Best Buy and Menards stores and presented himself, as the victim - with the victim’s personal identification information, and successfully opened instant store credit accounts in the victim’s name. The suspect then made immediate purchases of merchandise worth over $3,000.00.
In particular, an Apple MacBook Pro 15.4” 512GB, Epson Fastfoto color printer, electronic DJ music equipment including: twin Yamaha 8” studio monitor speakers, Ableton PUSH 2 software controller, Ableton Live 9 software, AKG C214 condenser microphone, AKAI MPK249 Midi keyboard, and Yamaha MG10XU compact mixer. The suspect seemed knowledgeable about the DJ equipment and may have a connection to the music industry.
The victim had recently purchased a new car and believed his personal identity information was compromised during the finance application process.
The suspect was described as a large black male over 6’ tall and nearly 300 pounds. His head was bald with a full beard and mustache. On each occasion, the suspect wore the same blue dress shirt and khaki pants. I