University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Police Report

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Two U. of I. students reported that jewelry had been stolen between Dec. 17 and Saturday from their apartment in the 1000 block of South Locust Street, Champaign. They reported that their door was locked when they left but unlocked when they returned. The total estimated value of the jewelry is $760.

A U. of I. student reported that her cellphone had been stolen between 11:20 p.m. Saturday and 12:56 a.m. Sunday at The Red Lion, 211 E. Green St., Champaign. The student inadvertently left her phone at the business and it was missing when she returned. GPS tracking showed it had been taken to an apartment several blocks away.

Suspicious activity was reported at 1:40 p.m. Sunday at TownePlace Suites, 603 S. Sixth St., Champaign. Hotel staff reported that a housekeeper had found a guest room containing various pieces of mail with the intended recipients’ personal and banking information and evidence of illegal drug use. The mail is suspected to have been stolen. The guests had checked out before the items were discovered. The investigation is ongoing.

Ahmed S. Damoony, 31, of Worth, Illinois, was arrested at 1:04 a.m. Sunday near Sixth and Daniel streets, Champaign, for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, unlawful display of vehicle registration, illegal transportation of alcohol and operating an uninsured vehicle. Damoony’s vehicle initially was stopped because he was driving at night without headlights and the license plates displayed on the vehicle were expired. Police later determined that the vehicle was registered under a different license plate number.

Simson Kraus, 50, of Champaign, was arrested at 4:41 a.m. Friday near University and Mathews avenues, Urbana, on Champaign County and Coles County, Illinois, warrants for failure to appear in court. Police initially stopped to check on Kraus, who was sitting on the side of the road.

A U. of I. student reported that cash had been stolen from his wallet between 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Activities and Recreation Center, 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign. The wallet had been left in an unlocked locker.

It was reported that a cellphone had been stolen between 8-9 p.m. Wednesday at State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., Champaign. The cellphone fell out of the owner’s pocket. After the owner noticed it was missing, they discovered the GPS tracking function had been turned off. A relative sent a text message to the stolen phone, and the person in possession of the phone returned that message by saying they would not give it back.

A U. of I. student reported that packages had been stolen on four separate occasions between Dec. 22 and Jan. 8 after they were delivered to the doorstep of her apartment building in the 900 block of South First Street, Champaign. The total retail value of the stolen items is $313.


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