Two loaded guns recovered during DUI arrest

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois – University of Illinois Police arrested a Champaign man and recovered two loaded handguns during an impaired driving investigation early Monday morning. Police initially stopped a vehicle driven by Ronald J. Bufkin, 29, at 12:37 a.m. Monday near Fourth and Chalmers streets, Champaign, after he disobeyed a stop sign. A police officer quickly […]

Sexual extortion

A U. of I. student sent intimate photos of himself to an unknown person whom he met online. The offender then demanded a $100 payment or else the photos would be shared with the student’s social media contacts. The student complied with the demand and then blocked the offender.

‘All-clear’ issued after unconfirmed bomb threat

Update (8:32 a.m. Friday) Police have issued the “all-clear” Illini-Alert message, and normal activity can resume at Davenport Hall. The building was thoroughly checked by the East Central Illinois Bomb Squad and K9 units. No evidence of explosives was discovered. An investigation into the threatening call will continue. Original post URBANA, Illinois — On Friday […]

Gun arrest assisted by license plate reader

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, Illinois – University of Illinois Police on Tuesday morning arrested a woman in Urbana after she allegedly displayed a handgun from the driver’s seat of her moving vehicle while traveling through campus. Within minutes of the road rage incident, an automated license plate reader helped police find the alleged offender’s vehicle. Sashay S. Pirant, […]

Fake arrest warrant

A woman reported that she was the victim of a phone-based scam. The caller claimed to be a federal law enforcement officer and said there was a warrant for her arrest. To avoid arrest, the caller instructed her to withdraw money from her bank account, convert it to cryptocurrency and transfer it to an unknown […]

Campus Safety Notice

Dear campus community member: We would like to inform you of a crime that has recently occurred in the campus area so you have the information you need to take the appropriate precautions. This Campus Safety Notice is issued in accordance with a federal law requiring universities to disclose information about crime to aid in […]

Fake deportation threat

A U. of I. student reported that a caller threatened the student with deportation and then instructed her to send $2,950 through a mobile banking app to several unknown accounts. After those transactions were completed, the student received a second call instructing her to purchase $1,000 worth of gift cards at a local retailer and […]

Supervisor orders gift cards

A U. of I. student reported that he received a text message from an unknown person purporting to be the student’s employer who instructed him to purchase $2,000 worth of gift cards at a local retailer and reply to the text message with the card information. The student complied. By the time the student recognized […]