Champaign man arrested on drug, weapon charges

Champaign man arrested on drug, weapon charges

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police arrested a man in that city Thursday for weapons and drug violations.

Champaign police Sgt. Dennis Baltzell said he had recently developed information that Vincent Mosley, 27, of the 1200 block of North Walnut Street, allegedly had a gun that had been reported stolen from the Rural King store at 913 W. Marketview Drive, C, and that he was selling drugs.

Based on his information, Baltzell obtained a search warrant Thursday for Mosley's home and served it.

In the house, police found a .40-caliber semi-automatic gun that they confirmed had been stolen from Rural King. They also found 3.2 grams of alleged crack cocaine.

Mosley was arrested for armed violence, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was expected to be formally charged Friday afternoon.

The Rural King store was hit twice in the last month. Burglars forcibly entered about 3:45 a.m. on Aug. 25 and stole a single gun from the gun case. On Sept. 2, there was a second break-in about 2:15 a.m. in which two men wearing masks over their faces were seen on surveillance video stealing 23 handguns from the store.

Baltzell said police recovered only one gun from Mosley's home. They continue to search for information leading to the recovery of the others.

Anyone with information on the stolen guns is encouraged to call Champaign police at 351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 373-8477.

Information may also be sent anonymously online at 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. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.

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