Police seek information regarding robberies in Champaign County

By Daily Illini Staff Report

The Champaign Police Department is seeking information relating to several robberies that occurred in the Champaign vicinity between Sept. 14 and Sept. 15. The suspect of the four commercial robberies is said to be Dane M. Williams, a 40-year-old African-American male, 6-foot-1 and weighing approximately 230 pounds.

According to the police, Williams visited three stores within hours of each other on Sept. 14: Discount Smoke Shop located at 807 Bloomington Rd. at 8:40 a.m., Family Dollar located at 1204 N. Market St. at 11:10 a.m. and Joe’s Liquor located at 1807 W. Bradley Ave. at 5:10 p.m. On Sept. 15 at 2:18 a.m., he hit Circle K located at 1511 N. Prospect Ave.

In all of the cases, he grabbed or attempted to grab money out of the cash register, fleeing the scene immediately after.

Williams has a prior history of burglary offenses and plead guilty to criminal charges on Aug. 31. He was scheduled to report to the Department of Corrections on Sept. 19 to serve a seven-year sentence, but never showed up.

Champaign Police ask that anyone with relevant information corresponding to any of these incidents or to Dane M. Williams’ whereabouts, please contact the Champaign Police Department Investigations Division at 217-351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 (TIPS).

Citizens are reminded that any information submitted to Crime Stoppers is wholly anonymous: Caller ID tracking is not utilized and conversations are not recorded.

As an incentive, Crime Stoppers will be rewarding up to $1000 for any information leading to an arrest.

Jessica Berbey contributed to this report.