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  • Monday, October 22, 2018

    At 11:16 p.m. Friday at Illinois Terminal, 45 E. University Ave., Champaign, John S. Brady II, 35, of Champaign, was issued a state of Illinois notice to appear in court for theft. Brady was identified as the person who on Sept. 15 stole a $300 cellphone from a U. of I. student at the Armory, 505 E. Armory Ave., Champaign, and sold it at an automated machine that exchanges used cellphones for cash at Market Place Shopping Center, 2000 N. Neil St., Champaign.

    At 2:06 p.m. Thursday at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, security personnel reported that two men had stolen a museum-owned wheelchair with an estimated value of $200.

    On Wednesday, it was reported that a U. of I. student had received repeated unwanted messages from a person with whom the student previously had been in a dating relationship. The messages have been ongoing since April.

    Joseph W. Inzinga, 20, of Evergreen Park, Illinois, was arrested at 1:46 a.m. Saturday near Green and Third streets, Champaign, for possessing a fraudulent identification card. Police initially were called on a report of a bar fight in the vicinity. Inzinga provided the fake identification to police while being questioned about his involvement in the fight.

  • Friday, October 19, 2018

    A U. of I. student reported that someone entered his room at Trelease Hall, 901 College Court, Urbana, between 12:30-3 a.m. Thursday and took cash from his wallet. The room was unoccupied, and it is not known whether the door was locked.

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018

    A U. of I. student reported that cash had been stolen around 8 p.m. Tuesday during a fraternity charity event at the recreational fields in the 0-100 block of Stadium Drive, Champaign. The cash was from the donations generated by the event and was left unattended on a bench near the fields.

    A U. of I. student reported that her wallet had been stolen between 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana. The student was studying in the courtyard area and asked another person to watch her belongings while she used the bathroom. When she returned, the other person and the student’s wallet were gone.

    Store security personnel at the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., Champaign, reported that several items with a total retail value of $64.98 had been stolen at 3:02 p.m. Tuesday. Two men were observed on security cameras concealing the items and leaving the store, but were unable to be identified.

    At 11:16 a.m. Tuesday, a U. of I. employee reported that a piece of music equipment called a console tipper had been stolen from the Music Building, 1114 W. Nevada St., Urbana. The console tipper, which has an estimated value of $676, was last seen in 2016.

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    A man reported that two duffel bags had been stolen around 6 a.m. Friday from a bus shelter outside of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana. The bags and their contents, which were briefly left unattended, have a total estimated value of $260. The bags were later turned in to the University Police Department, but several items were missing.

    A business at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana, reported that someone on Monday and Tuesday had attempted suspicious online purchases of computer equipment. Multiple purchases were attempted, but only one transaction with a retail value of $729 was processed. An employee at the business found the transaction attempts to be suspicious after comparing billing information with the local delivery address.

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    A U. of I. student reported that someone had stolen cash belonging to a registered student organization between Oct. 5 and Monday from a locked box in the RSO office at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana.

    At 12:37 a.m. Sunday near University and Goodwin avenues, Urbana, two men were punched from behind after being approached by a group of three to five men. The offenders continued to punch one of the victims while he was on the ground. The incident may have been related to a verbal altercation that had just occurred on a private bus.

    At 9:14 p.m. Sunday at Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, U. of I. student Deonna M. Crosby, 18, of Urbana, was issued a state of Illinois notice to appear in court for disorderly conduct. It was reported that Crosby had made repeated threats to fight another student.

  • Monday, October 15, 2018

    Liam J. Blake, 20, of Oak Lawn, Illinois, was arrested at 2:34 a.m. Sunday near Third and Green streets, Champaign, for resisting a police officer and illegal consumption of liquor by a minor. Police initially were called on a report of a bar fight in the vicinity. Blake ran from police when ordered to stop.

    At 2:54 p.m. Friday at the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., Champaign, U. of I. student Alexander D. Merwin, 18, of Champaign, was issued a state of Illinois notice to appear in court for possession of a fraudulent driver’s license and retail theft. Police initially were called by store security personnel who saw Merwin attempt to leave the store without paying for a $6.39 pen. While speaking with police, Merwin was found to be in possession of a fake driver’s license.

    It was reported that a person who is not a U. of I. student may have been sexually assaulted Saturday or Sunday on campus. Information about the time or location of the incident was not known.

    A U. of I. student reported that her wallet had been stolen between 1:20-1:55 p.m. Saturday at Grainger Engineering Library, 1301 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana. The wallet and its contents, which have a total estimated value of $350, were left unattended in a study area.

    Antonio D. Cotton, 27, of Champaign, was arrested at 11:39 p.m. Friday near Oregon and Gregory streets, Urbana, on a Champaign County warrant for failure to appear in court. Cotton’s vehicle initially was stopped because its registration was suspended.

    A U. of I. student reported that his bicycle had been stolen between Oct. 4-8 from Altgeld Hall, 1409 W. Green St., Urbana. The bicycle, which has an estimated value of $250, was locked to a rack.

    A U. of I. student reported that he had been defrauded of more than $6,000 between Sept. 24-27. The student initially received an online message indicating that he had a computer virus and needed to call a phone number to have it fixed. When he called, the scammer demanded that the student purchase a series of gift cards and read the gift card information over the phone to pay for the fix. The calls continued for several days before the student contacted police.

  • Friday, October 12, 2018

    A U. of I. student reported that his bicycle had been stolen between 5-8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Undergraduate Library, 1402 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana. The bicycle, which has an estimated value of $300, was locked to a rack.

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    A U. of I. student reported that cash had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle overnight Monday or Tuesday in U. of I. parking lot F-23, 1101 W. Florida Ave., Urbana. I18-1206

    U. of I. students Joseph Y. Kim, 19, of Urbana, and Grace Y. Chiou, 19, of Champaign, on Tuesday were issued state of Illinois notices to appear in court for theft. On Friday, a U. of I. employee reported that 16 $25 gift cards that University Housing had been using as promotional giveaways had been stolen and used at the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., Champaign. After investigating, officers determined that Kim and Chiou had taken the gift cards, which were left in an unlocked room at the Student Dining and Residential Programs Building, 301 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign.

  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018

    At 6:56 p.m. Sunday, a U. of I. student was walking across the main Quad, where he was approached by two teenagers who struck him and demanded his cellphone. A brief struggle over the cellphone ensued before bystanders approached to help, and the young people rode away on bicycles. The student was not injured. The two offenders were later identified and taken to the Youth Detention Center. Their identities cannot be disclosed because they are under 17 years old. 

    A U. of I. student reported that her cellphone had been stolen between 6-6:45 p.m. Monday at Loomis Laboratory, 1110 W. Green St., Urbana. The cellphone, which has an estimated value of $900, was left unattended in the lobby.

  • Monday, October 8, 2018

    A U. of I. student reported that someone had made unauthorized charges to her debit card on Sept. 23. The debit card was still in the student’s possession, and it is not known how the offender obtained the card information.

    At 10:54 a.m. Saturday, a U. of I. student employee working the front desk at Illinois Street Residence Halls, 1010 W. Illinois St., Urbana, reported that someone had found a messenger bag containing cannabis and turned it in to the front desk. Police took possession of the bag.

    On Thursday, a U. of I. student reported that he purchased a cellphone for $150 on Sept. 30 from an online acquaintance through Facebook Martketplace. The cellphone that was shipped to him, however, was an older version of the cellphone than the one advertised online.