Car buyer has identity stolen; suspect sought

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Authorities are investigating an identity theft from the summer. It happened July 29 – 30. 

The suspect visited Champaign-area businesses and used the victim’s personal identification information to open store credit accounts at Target, Guitar Center, Best Buy and Menards.

The suspect purchased more than $3,000 in merchandise:

  • Apple MacBook Pro 15.4″ 512GB
  • Epson Fastfolo color printer

Electronic DJ music equipment:

  • twin Yamaha 8″ studio monitor speakers
  • Ableton PUSH 2 software controller
  • Ableton Live 9 software
  • AKG C214 condenser microphone
  • AKAI MPK249 Midi keyboard
  • Yamaha MG10XU compact mixer 

The suspect seemed to have intricate knowledge of DJ equipment and may have a connection to the music industry.

The victim recently purchased a new car and believes his information was compromised during the process.

The suspect is described as a male, black, large frame, over 6′, nearly 300 lbs., bald with full beard and mustache. On each occasion, the suspect wore the same blue dress shirt and khaki pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. Tipsters are always 100% completely anonymous.

All tips submitted to Crime Stoppers are electronically stripped of any personally identifying information and processed by a third-party answering service, not law enforcement.

Cash rewards up to $1,000 are paid for information leading to an arrest. Tipsters will never be asked their name and are given a secret code number to use when checking on a possible reward. 

Champaign County Crime Stoppers  
(217) 373 – TIPS 
Free smartphone mobile app: P3 Tips 
Detecitve Smith
(217) 384 – 2330
U17 – 3820

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