Teens arrested in connection with stolen car
UPDATED 4:55 p.m. Thursday
URBANA — Two Champaign teenagers who allegedly had a stolen car Wednesday night were arrested.
Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said Trayvon James, 17, who listed an address in the 600 block of West Columbia Street, and Malik Chapple, 18, who listed an address in the 100 block of East Garwood Street, were both arrested about 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Seraphin said a University of Illinois police officer who happened to be at the Circle K gas station at 609 E. University Ave., C, about 7:45 p.m., ran the license plate number of an unattended car there.
Seraphin said the officer learned that the 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis had been reported stolen about 8 a.m. Wednesday from a home in the 1200 block of North Busey Avenue in Urbana, where it was in the driveway warming up.
As the officer approached the stolen car, two men walked out of the Circle K. Seraphin said when they saw the officer, they changed direction and started walking away from him. The officer called out to the men, and Chapple stopped but the other ran.
With the help of a store clerk and a photo lineup, police identified James and located him at his home later.
Seraphin said both teens were arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle.
Court records show Chapple is currently on probation for obstructing justice. James was out on bond for burglary for allegedly breaking into a car on East Daniel Street in Champaign on Nov. 19.
Bond for both Chappel and James was set at $5,000. Their next court appearance was set for Jan. 29.