Police Seek Suspect in Multiple Commercial Robberies

Media Contact: Deputy Chief Troy Daniels | 217-403-6909 | [email protected]

Champaign Police Detectives seek the public’s help in locating a suspect associated with four recent robberies in the Champaign area.

Dane M. Williams of Champaign, pictured below, is a suspect in four commercial robberies within the last 24-hours. In all of the incidents, Williams grabbed or attempted to grab money out of the businesses’ cash register before fleeing from the location.  Williams is suspected in the following incidents:

  • September 14, 8:45 AM, Discount Smoke Shop located at 800 W. Bloomington Rd.
  • September 14, 11:21 AM, Family Dollar located at 1204 N. Market St.
  • September 14, 5:13 PM, Joe’s Liquors located at 1807 W. Bradley Ave.
  • September 15, 2:21 AM, Circle K located at 1511 N. Prospect Ave.


On August 31, 2016, Williams pled guilty to a prior burglary offense and was scheduled to report to the Department of Corrections on September 19 to serve a 7-year sentence.

Williams is described as a 40-year-old Black male, 6’1” and approximately 230 pounds.  Champaign Police asks that anyone with information related to any of these incidents or the whereabouts of Dane M. Williams to contact the Champaign Police Department Investigations Division at 217-351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 (TIPS).

Citizens are reminded that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous.  Crime Stoppers calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes that information to the appropriate law enforcement agency.  Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.

Anonymous Crime Stoppers tips can be shared by phone at:  217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at www.373tips.com; or by texting “CCTIP” plus the crime information to 274637 (CRIMES).

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.