Urbana home invasion under investigation
URBANA — Urbana police are investigating a home invasion Sunday in that city in which a man tried to rob an elderly resident of his wallet.
An Urbana police report said about 2:45 p.m. Sunday, a man believed to be between 30 and 40 years old entered an unlocked home in the 1500 block of South Maple Street.
Investigator Dave Smysor said the intruder did not say anything to the 90-year-old resident but began grabbing for the wallet in the man's pants pocket. The resident did what he could to thwart the would-be robber, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over his head, making it difficult for the resident to describe him.
Smysor said the resident began to yell for his wife, who was in a nearby bedroom. That startled the intruder, who took off without taking the wallet or physically harming the resident.
Smysor said it appeared from the intruder's reaction that he was surprised to learn there was a second person in the house.
Police are following up on leads but ask anyone with information about the home invasion to call the department at 217-384-2320 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477.