Two teenagers have been charged for stealing an iPad over the weekend on the University of Illinois campus, and police say they could be connected to other thefts of electronic items.
Jacob Richter-Shea of Champaign and Frederick Young of Savoy, both 18, were arraigned Thursday on charges of burglary and theft.
The charges come after a woman was sitting in the Illini Union on Sunday afternoon when a man asked her for the time. When she looked at her watch, the man grabbed her iPad off the table and took off. 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.
UI Police Sergeant Tom Geis said Richter-Shea and Young are being investigated for eight to 12 other thefts.
Geis added that the value of the merchandise in those cases is in the thousands. He said investigators are going to electronic resale shops as a part of the investigation.
Richter-Shea and Young are both due back in court in September.