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.

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anotherparent wrote on December 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

Maybe I am wrong but I think the parents help may be required to fix the thug problems.  Yes teachers may help in making children into better citizens but preventing them from being thugs starts at home.

SKS3777 wrote on December 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

They just can't wait to get started in their life of crime!  And so young.  Guess what we can look forward to!  Let's close some more prisons so we can keep these guys on the loose!

Smh123 wrote on December 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

This is ridiculous! How many times in the last few weeks have I read about teenagers driving around in stolen cars?! Where are their parents? Truly is sad that this is most likely the beginning of a long life of criminal activity.  The sense of entitlement and being okay with just taking someone elses car outrages me.

Dann001 wrote on December 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm

It's sooo sad, we all know the reasons, we all know the outcomes, and if we had the answers, they would not take advantage of them! Parental Guidance is tantamount to solving this problem, Yes! However, you cannot expect parental guidance from inept parents whom think that they are entitled to break the law. Jobs are the answer to most of the criminal activity in society today! Not all criminal activity, just less! Think how we can create them!