A U. of I. student reported that his cellphone had been stolen at 3:35 p.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Orchard Place, Urbana. The student had listed the phone for sale for $945 through an online marketplace and met in-person with an interested buyer. The purported buyer handed the phone to a third person who ran away with the item. The initial buyer did not pay but stayed to speak with police. The investigation is ongoing.
A bicycle was reported stolen between Nov. 17 and Monday while it was locked to a rack in the 200 block of East John Street, Champaign. It has an estimated value of $230.*
A U. of I. student was the victim of a phone scam. On Nov. 4, the student received a call from someone claiming to be a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Chicago. The caller said the student’s passport was connected with international crime and threatened the student with deportation. The calls continued until Nov. 21, when the caller instructed the student to wire $90,000 to an unknown account to avoid criminal charges. The student complied.
A U. of I. student reported Nov. 15 that her electric scooter had been stolen Nov. 12-13 from the 500 block of Bash Court, Champaign. The scooter, which has an estimated value of $800, was locked to a bicycle rack.
A U. of I. student reported that credit cards had been stolen from his apartment Nov. 17 in the 800 block of South First Street, Champaign. Multiple unauthorized purchases were attempted but declined on Nov. 18. The student believes someone entered his apartment after he mistakenly left the keys in the exterior door lock.
*Bicycle owners can reduce the risk of theft. Resources on properly locking bicycles on campus can be found on the Campus Recreation website’s Bike Parking page.
Please note: Those arrested are presumed innocent until proved guilty, and formal charges may change as cases are adjudicated. For more information about the incidents listed here, please contact the U. of I. Police Department at 217-333-1216 or .