Brazen thief makes early morning strike


CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Crime Stoppers is seeking help identifying a suspected thief. Two theft reports were filed Friday, July 19, involving the same suspect captured on surveillance images.

About 5:30 am, a trailer was stolen from the driveway of a home in the 500-block of West Church Street, Savoy. It was hooked to the back of a vehicle and taken from the property.

Suspect vehicle takes trailer & riding lawn mower

About 5:40 am, the same suspect used the stolen trailer to steal an Ariens 42″ riding lawn mower from the 4400-block of South Mattis Avenue, Champaign.

Suspect vehicle takes trailer & riding lawn mower

The suspect is described as male, white, skinny-build, about 6′. He was wearing a dark hat, blue jeans and work-style boots. The vehicle was described as a larger-sized, dark-colored SUV. A witness described the vehicle has having a “badge” or similar decal underneath the rear window.

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