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Counterfeit $100.00 Bills Presented at Local Convenience Stores
March 25, 2019
On Monday, February 11th at 11:15 PM two black males and one black female entered the Casey’s General Store on east University Avenue in Urbana. The female and one of the males presented fake $100.00 bills to purchase lottery tickets, drinks and cigarettes. The same suspects returned on February 13th and attempted to present $100.00 bills but were rejected after the bills were determined to be counterfeit.
On Monday, February 25th at 8:30 AM a middle-aged black male and female entered the Circle K on north Cunningham Avenue in Urbana. The male was wearing a Los Angeles Raiders cap, glasses and a waist length shearling-type leather coat with fur inside. The male purchased lottery tickets and presented two $100 bills which were later determined to be fake. The female bought gas and a soda before leaving the scene.
On Thursday, February 28th just before 8 PM, a lone black male wearing a distinctive nearly knee length shearling-type leather coat entered the Walgreen’s on south Philo Road in Urbana. He presented two fake $100.00 bills to the clerk to reload a debit card.
Shots fired in Rantoul
March 18, 2019
On Thursday, March 14, 2019 at approximately 13:36 hours, officers were dispatched to the area of Bel Place and Bel Air Dr. for a report of possible shots fired. Officers responded to the area and spoke with several area residents who reported hearing two gun shots in the area. Officers were initially unable to locate any evidence of a shooting.
As the investigation progressed officers located two victims who reported they arrived at a residence in the area and observed three male subjects nearby. One of the three male subjects then fired two shots from a handgun at the two victims. The two victims went into a residence while the three suspects fled the area on foot. No injuries were reported and no damage or evidence was located.
The suspects were described as three teen-aged African-American males, two wearing dark colored hoodies and the third wearing a gray-colored hoodie. Police do not believe this was a random act.
A Shooting in the city of Champaign.
March 04, 2019
On January 25, 2019 at approximately 7:05 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1300 block of Fairfax Drive in Champaign. Upon arrival Officers located one male victim who sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Further investigation revealed unknown suspects entered the residence before brandishing a firearm at the occupants. A struggle ensued, and the victim was subsequently shot multiple times.
The suspects were described as two black males approximately 30 years of age.
Retail Theft at Walmart in Champaign
February 25, 2019
On February 18, 2019 at approximately 6:05 p.m., officers responded to a shoplifting at Walmart, located at 2610 N. Prospect Ave. in Champaign. Walmart loss prevention reported a white male suspect had attempted to steal three arcade game consoles valued at over $600.00. The suspect was acting suspicious, leaving his cart several times and walking to the front of the store to speak with a black male, then he left the store and returned wearing different clothing.
The suspect was described as a white male in his 30’s with short shaved hair and a brown goatee. The first time the suspect arrived he was wearing a black hoodie and jeans. When he returned the second time, he was wearing a black zip-up jacket and a red/black trapper style hat.
Burglaries in Urbana Scottswoods Subdivison
February 18, 2019
This week Champaign County Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s assistance in solving approximately ten (10) burglaries that have occurred in the Urbana Scottswood Subdivision area over the past two months. The majority of the burglaries have occurred during the daytime to evening hours. The suspects appear to enter the residences through rear unlocked windows, which are often bathroom windows.
The suspect or suspects will rummage through the residence and flee the home through a back door. It appears the suspect(s) are targeting the homes when the owners are not present.
Shots Fired around a Gas Station in Urbana
February 11, 2019
On Saturday, February 2, 2019 at approximately 11:51 p.m. police officers were dispatched to Casey’s General Store, located in the 2100 block of East University Avenue, for a reported shooting. Officers arrived on scene and found evidence of shots fired, namely shell casings and a victim of a gunshot wound. Police learned that several people, including the victim, had stopped at the gas station. Three people were sitting in a vehicle at the gas pumps when the fourth was walking back to the vehicle. As the fourth person was walking back to the gas
pumps, gunfire erupted near the side of the gas station building. Multiple rounds hit the vehicle and the victim sustained the gunshot wound while sitting in the vehicle.
Shots Fired into Two Residences in Rantoul
February 04, 2019
On January 17, 2019 at 7:15 p.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of Abram Dr. for a criminal damage report. Upon arrival officers discovered three bullet holes in the siding of the residence. Based on interviews with witnesses, it is believed the damage occurred during the overnight hours the previous night. A shell casing and fired projectile were recovered.
Additionally, on January 21, 2019 at 5:38 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of W. Frost Ave. for a criminal damage report. Upon arrival officers discovered a single bullet hole in the outside wall of the residence. Based on interviews with witnesses, it is believed the damage occurred during the late night hours of 01/18/2019 or early morning hours of 01/19/2019. No projectiles or shell casings were located.
Bullets entered the residence and damaged interior walls during both incidents, but there were no reported injuries. There is no suspect information in either incident.
A Shooting on North Market Street in Champaign
January 28, 2019
This week Champaign County Crime Stoppers is seeking the public's assistance with gathering information relating to the January 21, 2019 shooting at the Red Fox store located at 2000 North Market Street in Champaign.Detectives are seeking any information leading to identifying the person of interest depicted in this surveillance photograph.
Retail Theft in the City of Champaign
January 22, 2019
On December 30, 2018 a male and female went to Walmart, located at 2610 N. Prospect Ave. in Champaign, and stole merchandise. The couple selected a 50” smart TV and other merchandise then left the store without paying. The suspects left in a black and gold Mercury sport utility vehicle.
The suspects were both described as 30 years of age. The male was wearing a white hat and white Nike hooded sweatshirt with dark pants. The female was wearing a pink winter hat, pink long-sleeved shirt and jeans.
Burglaries to Motor Vehicles in the City of Champaign
January 14, 2019
On October 27, 2018 a subject(s) burglarized multiple vehicles parked at the State Farm Center during a Chris Young concert. Items stolen from the vehicles included cash, credit/debit cards, and purses/wallets. The offender utilized the stolen credit/debit cards at various businesses throughout Champaign.
The suspect appears to be a black female in her late 30’s or 40’s, 5’6” tall and 250 lbs. She was seen driving a minivan.
Burglary in the Village of Savoy
January 07, 2019
On December 13, 2018 at approximately 12:24 a.m., a burglary occurred at the Sonic Drive-in located at 101 Calvin St. in the Village of Savoy. From video surveillance footage, the suspect is seen entering the business by breaking the glass to a door. The suspect is seen carrying black bolt cutters and a tan backpack. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of US currency from the business.
The suspect appears to be a white male last seen wearing a blue stocking cap, possibly with the letter I on the front, a black mask, gray Carhartt zip-up jacket or sweatshirt, blue jeans, and light-colored shoes.
Merchandise Stolen from Walmart in Champaign
January 02, 2019
On December 27, 2018 at 9:45 p.m., a female suspect stole merchandise from Walmart located at 2610 N. Prospect Ave. in Champaign. After the female selected items, she placed them inside grocery bags within her shopping cart. She then left the store without making payment.
The suspect was described as a black female, 18-23 years of age, 5’5” tall weighing approximately 150 lbs. She was last seen wearing a black scarf, blue zip-up hooded jacket and blue jeans.
Burglaries in the City ofChampaign
December 26, 2018
On November 11, 2018 at 4:46 p.m., a male suspect entered Lowes, located at 1904 N. Prospect Avenue in Champaign, selected merchandise and then walked out of the store without paying. The stolen items are valued over $500.00.
On November 21, 2018 at 3:37 p.m., the same male suspect entered Menards, located at 620 Town Center Blvd.in Champaign, and again walked out with stolen merchandise. These items were valued over $600.00.
The suspect was described as a black male in his 30’s, 5’6” tall and 140 lbs. He was seen leaving the parking lot in a maroon Chevrolet sport utility vehicle.
Retail Theft in the City of Champaign
December 17, 2018
On December 12, 2018 at 8:06 p.m., two suspects stole merchandise from Dick’s Sporting Goods located at 2000 N. Neil St. in Champaign. A male and female entered the store together and after selecting several items, the male ran out of the store without paying. The stolen merchandise was valued at over $1000.00.
The first suspect was described as a black male, 18-24 years of age, tall with a thin build and was wearing a black sweatshirt and black pants. The second suspect was a black female, 16-20 years of age, short with an average build, and was wearing a maroon jacket and blue jeans.
Burglaries in the Village of Mahomet
December 10, 2018
Between November 25, 2018 and November 27, 2018, officers received several complaints of burglaries in the Mahomet area. Several houses and buildings in the Spring Lake subdivision located southwest of Mahomet and two houses on
County Road 2500 N located north of Mahomet were burglarized. The suspect knocked on the doors to homes in the areas prior to entering residences and/or buildings on the properties. The suspect gained access into homes through the rear doors. Two of the burglaries were interrupted by victims at 8:15 p.m. and one at 9:15 p.m., with the offender fleeing the scenes. The suspect was described as a white male, 5’10” to 6’00”, thin build, and wearing all dark clothing. Some of the stolen items were listed as PlayStation 4 gaming system with games, XBOX 360 gaming system, Sony speakers, Beats headphones, Smith and Wesson 9mm Pistol with ammunition, Dewalt 20V drill, jewelry, and loose change.
Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying the suspect(s) who burglarized the homes or have possession of the stolen items. A vital piece of evidence could be videos and images from neighboring residences showing
a possible suspect knocking on doors or vehicles in the area used by the suspect. Residents in the Spring Lake area and along County Road 2500 N are asked to check video surveillance between November 24th and November 28th and contact the Sheriff’s Office if they observe any suspicious activity.
Burglary in the city of Champaign
December 03, 2018
On November 21, 2018 at approximately 3:08 p.m., three males entered Best Buy, located at 2117 N. Prospect Ave. in Champaign, and stole several iPhones from the display area. Just as employees observed the theft the males ran from the store and left in a black 4-door vehicle.
The three suspects were described as black males, all approximately 25-32 years of age. Suspect one was seen wearing a black/white/red sweat suit, suspect two a black Adidas style sweat suit, and the third, a dark-colored stocking cap, black Adidas style hooded sweatshirt with black jeans. There was a fourth suspect outside who stayed in the vehicle.
Shots Fired into a Residence in Rantoul
November 26, 2018
On November 19, 2018 at approximately 8:48 p.m., police officers responded to the 1200 block of Wedgewood Dr. in Rantoul for a report of two gunshots being fired into a mobile home. Several subjects were inside the residence at the time, however, no one was injured. Officers recovered spent shell casings from the scene. A witness reported seeing a dark-colored four-door vehicle leaving the area right after the shots were fired, but it is unknown at this time if the vehicle was related. There is no suspect information available.
Credit Card Fraud and Attempted Purse Snatching in Champaign
November 19, 2018
On November 4, 2018 at approximately 1:20 p.m. a male suspect stole a wallet from the victim’s shopping cart while she shopped at the Aldi’s at 801 W. Interstate Dr. in Champaign. A short time later the victim was notified by her bank of charges made at Target, located at 2102 N. Prospect Ave., in the amount of $1,467.57. These fraudulent charges were made moments after the Aldi theft with the same suspects involved.
The suspects were described as two black males, 20-30 years of age. The first suspect was described as having facial hair and glasses, wearing a blue winter knit cap with white stripes, a gray jacket and blue pants. The second suspect was wearing a black knit cap, black coat and black pants.
Police would like to remind you with the holiday season upon us to never leave your personal belongings unattended. Keep your purses and wallets closed and zipped if possible so you are not an easy target. The suspect in picture #2 was seen at Target attempting to grab a wallet from a purse while walking behind a
possible victim whose purse was not secured.
Vehicle Burglaries in Mahomet
November 12, 2018
Police are investigating reports of vehicle burglaries that occurred just west of Division Street in Mahomet. On October 25, 2018, a burglary to motor vehicle was reported in the 200 block of West Union Street. On November 4, 2018, another burglary to motor vehicle was reported in the 200 block of West Dunbar Street. In both cases, sometime overnight, an unknown subject(s) entered unlocked vehicles and took money. The two burglaries are within a block of one another.
Shots Fired in the City of Champaign
November 05, 2018
On October 14, 2018, at approximately 1:30 a.m., police responded to the 2600 block of Lawndale Drive for a report of gunshots being heard. Upon arrival, officers located 35-year-old Arnold Hopkins who had suffered a fatal gunshot wound inside a private residence.
If any resident has exterior home camera surveillance systems, please contact the police department. It is believed video footage between the hours of midnight-3 a.m. may be of investigative assistance. Police are especially interested in residents with home surveillance systems near the area of Centennial and Sangamon Drive.