INCIDENT:         Theft  

OCCURRED:      Sunday, July 28, 2013 @ 4:20 p.m.

LOCATION:         1401 W. Green Street, Urbana (Illini Union)


On Sunday, July 28, 2013 at approximately 4:20 p.m., the victim was sitting in the Illini Union when she was approached by a subject who asked her what time it was.  When the victim looked at her watch, the suspect grabbed her iPad off the table she was sitting at and ran away.  

The suspect is seen on video running out the southwest doors of the Illini Union, meeting up with a second suspect and putting the iPad in a backpack the second suspect is wearing.  

Security cameras captured video of the suspects at different locations around the Illini Union just prior to and after this incident.  The videos can be seen at:,, and  


Suspect #1 is described as a black male, dark complexion, 19-20 years old, around 6 feet tall with a "high fade" haircut.  This suspect was last seen wearing a white V-neck short sleeve tee shirt, camouflage knee length shorts, dark colored socks with a stripe on the back of them and dark colored "Chuck Taylor" style shoes with white on the bottom and toe area.

Suspect #2 is described as a black male, light complexion, 19-20 years old, short hair.  This suspect was last seen wearing a dark colored short sleeve tee shirt with yellow bands at the bottom of both arms and around the neck.  This shirt also had a design on the back in yellow.  This suspect was wearing dark colored (possibly gray) long pants with cargo pockets on both sides and black athletic shoes and carrying a dark colored back pack at the time of the incident.  

Information about the race or ethnicity of alleged offenders is provided only to aid detailed descriptions that include physical stature, clothing or unusual characteristics.  Racial descriptions do not, by themselves, offer a meaningful picture of an individual's appearance.


The University of Illinois Police Department is working to identify and apprehend the offenders in this case.  Witnesses to this event or those with information are encouraged to contact the University of Illinois Police at 217-333-1216 or Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS (8477).


Members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to follow these safety tips to decrease their potential for becoming a victim:

-Stay alert - call the police immediately to report suspicious activity and/or if this subject is observed.

-Trust your instincts - if it does not feel right, call for help.

-Avoid walking alone at night. Travel in groups when possible and always walk in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.

-Turn down your electronic devices. Excessive volume or use of electronic devices (iPods, PDAs, cell phones, etc.) can distract you from potential safety hazards.

-If you choose to consume alcohol, please drink moderately - remember your ability to respond is diminished by over-consumption of alcohol.


The University of Illinois, Champaign and Urbana Police Departments are collaborating to provide CrimeReports, a national crime mapping service, with up-to-date crime information. This map includes Clery crimes (homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, arson and motor vehicle theft), as well as other crimes that are of concern to community members.

You can access the campus district crime map and sign up for daily, weekly, or monthly email alerts at Access to the crime map is available 24 hours a day through the website or through a CrimeReports iPhone application, available for free download in the Apple iTunes store.

Information also can be shared anonymously through Crimestoppers by calling 217-373-TIPS or online at:

Crimes in progress, reporting of suspicious individuals or any event requiring a police response should be reported to our regional dispatch center by calling 9-1-1.

Crime prevention information can be found on the University of Illinois Division of Public Safety website at

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Information regarding our commitment to continually enhance campus safety can be found at

Jeffrey T. Christensen
Executive Director of Public Safety
Chief of Police
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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