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Champaign Policeare Seeking Assistance from the Public Reguarding Deceptive Practices (2017/10/16)
On September 25, 2017 fraudulent transactions were made with a cloned credit card at multiple locations throughout Champaign, Rantoul, and Tuscola totaling over $600.00. (Reference C17-08633)
On October 2, 2017, a cloned credit card from a separate victim involved fraudulent transactions made in Champaign which totaled over $700.00. The same suspects have been identified in both cases. (Reference
Suspect one is described as a black male, 20-30 years of age with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black Adidas zip-up jacket with black pants. Suspect two is described as a white or light-skinned black male, 20-30 years of age with a short beard. He was last seen wearing a black and gray jacket and black cap.
Champaign Police are Seeking Assistance Reguarding An Armed Robbery (2017/10/09)
On October 3, 2017 at approximately 12:20 a.m., a male suspect entered Mach One located at 902 Bloomington Road, Champaign. The male approached the counter with a large hunting knife in his hand and demanded
money from the cashier.
The suspect was described as a white male, 20-30 years of age, 5’8, 150 lbs. with dark black eyebrows. He was last seen wearing a bright pink hooded sweatshirt, white t-shirt, dark pants, and a white scarf covering his face.
Mahomet Police Department are Seeking Assistance From the Public Reguarding a Stolen Vehicle (2017/10/02)
A white 1987 Buick T-Type 2-door was stolen from Hatcher’s Cars located at 103 W. Oak St. in Mahomet. The theft occurred between 9/7/17 and 9/12/17. Two photos of the vehicle are attached below.
The Police are Seeking Assistance Reguarding a Credit Fraud (2017/09/25)
On August 2, 2017 at approximately 1:00 p.m., a victim left her debit card at a local service station. Several hours later, her card was used to make multiple purchases throughout Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy, which in total was over $600.
The suspect was seen on video picking up the missing debit card as he prepaid for his gas at the service station. The suspect is described as a black male driving a silver Chevy Suburban.
The Police are Seeking Assistance from the Public Reguarding a Burglary (2017/09/18)
On September 5, 2017 at approximately 4:30 a.m., a white female attempted to break into the back door of It’ll Do 2 bar, located at 215 S Lake of the Woods Road in Mahomet. The attempt was unsuccessful. At approximately 7:45 a.m. the female wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt broke into the business through a window. The female entered the business looking for items to steal and exited the bar. At approximately 9:00 a.m. the female again enters through the broken window, searches for items, and steals deposit bags containing cash along with some cigarettes. The female leaves through the broken window. The female suspect is believed to have walked through the wooded area behind the bar to gain entry to the premises.
The female is described as a white female, approximately 5’04” to 5’06”, 140-150 pounds, 20-30 years of age, wearing a dark maroon or burgundy colored hooded sweatshirt.
Police are Seeking Assistance from the Public Reguarding an Armed Robbery (2017/09/11)
On Thursday, August 31st, at 5:19 AM, Urbana patrol officers were dispatched to the Burger King, 1708 Philo Road, for a robbery that had just occurred. Officers learned that the offender was armed with a gun and demanded the employee get money from the safe. The offender took an undisclosed amount of money and directed the employee to tie himself up with a cord. The offender then fled the area prior to police arrival. The offender is described as a young,white or Hispanic male, 5’07”-5’09”, heavy build, wearing a dark blue and gray horizontally striped hooded sweatshirt, a black ski mask, dark pair of pants and carrying a brown bag.
Police are Seeking Assistance From the Public Reguarding a Burglary (2017/09/05)
Sometime between Saturday afternoon, July 22 and Monday morning, July 24, 2017, subjects forced entry into McCabe Bros. Tool Rental located at 411 North Wright Street in Champaign. The subjects stole over $25,000 worth of equipment utilizing a U-Haul box truck in the theft.
Armed Robbery at the Ribeye Restaurant (2017/08/28)
On August 18, 2017, at approximately 11:50 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the Ribeye located at 1701 S Neil Street for a reported robbery. The victim was leaving the restaurant after closing when he was struck from behind and forced at gunpoint to reenter the building and open a safe. While inside, the suspects kicked in doors and threatened the victim with a knife. The suspects tied up the victim before leaving the building with an undisclosed amount of currency.
The suspects were described as two black males in their 20’s, around 5’10 with lean builds. Suspect one was last seen wearing a ski mask with white lettering and dark clothing. Suspect two was last seen wearing a black ski mask, dark shirt and blue jeans.
Forgery at Taco John's (2017/08/21)
On August 13, 2017 at approximately 6:13 p.m., a male subject entered Taco John’s restaurant located at 902 Meijer Drive in Champaign and placed an order. The subject paid for the order with a $100 bill, then left after receiving his change. The store later learned the subject had used a fraudulent $100 bill.
The suspect was described as a black male in his 30’s, 5’11, 185 lbs., with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt over a white t-shirt, blue jeans and white shoes.
Shooting in Champaign (8/3/17) (2017/08/14)
On August 3, 2017 at approximately 8:10 PM, Champaign Police responded to the area of Elm Street and Beardsley Street, after receiving a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police located the victim, Gus D. Edwards, age 53, suffering from a gunshot wound. Edwards was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Numerous Vehicle Burglaries between Kirby Ave. and Windsor Road in West Champaign (2017/08/07)
This week Champaign County Crime Stoppers and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in solving numerous vehicle burglaries that occurred on the west side of Champaign. These burglaries occurred overnight between July 18 and July 19, 2017 with the exception of one burglary which occurred on July 29, 2017. The majority of these burglaries occurred west of Interstate 57 between Kirby Avenue and Windsor Road.
During the burglaries on July 19, the suspects rummaged through numerous vehicles and found the keys to a silver GMC SUV. The suspects stole the GMC, and it was later recovered in Chicago, Illinois. The suspects were captured on surveillance video at a business in Chicago. The suspects are two African American males possibly in their late teens to early 20s. A third suspect remained in the driver’s seat and was not captured on the surveillance video.
Two additional suspects were captured on surveillance video during a vehicle burglary on July 29, 2017. The suspects appeared to be Caucasian males in their teens. The suspects attempted to conceal their identity by covering their faces with shirts.
Also attached are pictures of two persons of interest. The two Caucasian males on bicycles were observed by a witness acting suspicious in the aforementioned area. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying any of the subjects in the attached photographs.
Shooting in Champaign (7/20/17) (2017/07/31)
On July 20, 2017 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 900-block of North Third Street in Champaign for a reported shooting. Two victims were shot by gunfire and another subject was injured while fleeing the scene. All subjects were treated at local hospitals.
The suspect was described as a dark skinned black male, 6’ tall with unknown clothing. Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying the suspect(s) responsible for this shooting.
Burglary of Circle K in Champaign (2017/07/24)
On July 20, 2017 at approximately 2:10 a.m., Champaign Police responded to Circle K located at 601 N Neil in Champaign for an entry door alarm. Upon arrival Officers found the glass to the front door of the business had been broken. Video footage shows the suspect made entry and stole merchandise before fleeing the scene.
The suspect is described as a white male with a red sweatshirt, blue jeans and a white mask covering his face.
Forgery and Burglary to Motor Vehicles (2017/07/17)
Over the last couple weeks, vehicles have been broken into in Champaign and surrounding areas of Illinois and Indiana. Some of the same suspects have been identified in more than one burglary where checks are being stolen and cashed, then used to purchase gift cards at retail businesses.
The suspects are described as two black males and two white females, all between 20-30 years of age. Suspect #1 is a black male, thin build, seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white heart on the front and gray shorts with a zebra type stripe down the side. Suspect #2 is a black male, slightly heavier with short black hair, seen wearing a gray/black jacket, white t-shirt, and blue pants with two stripes down the side. Suspect #3 is a white female with dark hair, heavyset, seen wearing a black sweater and a black and white skirt or dress. Suspect #4 is a white female with long dark hair, seen wearing a mauve long-sleeved shirt and jeans.
Retail Theft (2017/07/10)STATUS
SUBJECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AND ARRESTED
On July 4, 2017 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Champaign Police responded to a business in the 2400 block of N Prospect for a reported shoplifting. A male had attempted to steal almost $1000 worth of merchandise but was stopped outside the store by security. The male fled on foot and was not located.
The suspect is described as a white male, 20-30 years of age, 5’7 to 5’9” tall with a skinny build. He has blonde hair, a goatee, and was last seen wearing a white shirt and dark shorts.
SUBJECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AND ARRESTED
Sexually Assault at Kaufman Lake (2017/07/03)
On June 27, 2017 at approximately 5:25 p.m., Champaign Police responded to Kaufman Lake, located at 2702 West Springfield, after receiving a report that an assault had just occurred. The on-scene investigation revealed a female victim had been physically and sexually assaulted by an unknown assailant just off the walking path.
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s, 5’8 to 5’9” with a thin build and medium brown complexion. The suspect was last seen wearing a black shirt and a pair of green lens sunglasses, as seen in the attached composite photo.
Armed Robbery in the 1200 Block of North Prospect (2017/06/26)
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.
Missing International Scholar (2017/06/18)
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.
Multiple Reports of Gunfire in the 500 Block of East Eureka (2017/06/12)
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.
Discharge of Fire Arm at Market Place Mall in Champaign (2017/06/05)
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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