iPad grabbed from victim at Illini Union

iPad grabbed from victim at Illini Union

University of Illinois police are looking for two suspects involved in the theft of an iPad that was snatched, right in front of the crime victim around 4:20 p.m. Sunday.

Jeff Christensen,  University Chief of Police, said the woman was sitting in the Illini Union when a man asked her for the time.  When she looked at her watch, the man grabbed her iPad off the table and ran away. He was seen on security cameras running out the southwest doors of the Union and placing the iPad in the backpack of a second suspect.

Chief Christensen said security cameras captured video of the suspects at various locations around the Illini Union before and after the incident.  If you would like to view the security videos, click the following three links: approaching the Union,
inside the Union, southside of Union.

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

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

The University of Illinois Police Department is working to identify and apprehend the offenders in the case.

Anyone with information and witnesses are asked to call U-of-I police at 333-1216, or Crimestoppers of Champaign County at 373-TIPS.


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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on July 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm
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I wonder if the thieves are smart enough to keep the power off until they've erased the hard drive. Otherwise, the iPad is the other perfect homing device for cops.