Purses snatched from three women in Champaign

Purses snatched from three women in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign and University of Illinois police are looking for two men who robbed three women of their purses early Friday morning in Champaign.

In one of the cases, the pair even told the victim they'd walk with her since it wasn't safe for her to be alone.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said about 1 a.m., a 22-year-old woman was walking in the 100 block of East Daniel Street when two men rushed up to her. One pulled the purse off her shoulder, breaking the strap, then took off with it. It contained cash, a debit card and other personal items.

The woman was unsure of the race of the robbers but said both wore khaki shorts. One wore a red shirt and the other a green shirt, the release said.

At 1:50 a.m., a 21-year-old woman was walking with a female friend in the 100 block of East Daniel Street when two men came up behind them and grabbed her wallet out of her hand. It had cash, a debit card and identification in it.

The descriptions of the robbers in that incident were also incomplete, but both reportedly were wearing khaki shorts. One had a navy blue shirt and the other a light-colored shirt.

The third robbery was investigated by UI police and happened about 1:40 a.m.

UI police Lt. Matt Myrick said a woman reported that two men met up with her near Third and Daniel streets and asked her if she needed someone to walk her home since it wasn't safe for her to be alone. They walked with her a couple blocks and as they were crossing the parking lot of the Newman Center in the 1000 block of South Fifth Street, one of the men grabbed the woman's wristlet, containing cash and identification, and the pair took off.

The woman was unable to give much of a description of the robbers but said one was wearing a red tank top or sleeveless shirt, Myrick said.

Anyone with information on these robbers is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545, UI police at 217-333-1216 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477.

Information may also be sent anonymously online at http://www.373tips.com or by cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads to an arrest.

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