Champaign police arrest 2 in connection with robberies

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CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department has announced that two teens have been arrested in connection with two recent robberies.

Champaign police say the first robbery happened in the area of Fifth and Stoughton Streets at about 10:50 p.m. on September 27.  Police say a woman reported being shoved to the ground, assaulted, and robbed of her cell phone and wallet.  Police also say a credit card stolen during this incident was used at Meijer Supermarket by two individuals matching the description of the suspects at 12:10 a.m. on Wednesday.

Authorities say the second robbery happened at about 1:55 a.m. on September 28, in the area of Third and Springfield Streets.  Police say a man reported being struck from behind, and being assaulted and robbed of his wallet, cell phone, computer, and back pack.

According to the investigation into these incidents, police say the suspects returned to the Meijer and attempted to use the second credit card.  Champaign police officers were dispatched to the store, and took both individuals into custody.

Police say a 17-year-old male and Jaime Varelas, 18, were arrested.  Both face preliminary charges of robbery.

The investigation into these incidents are ongoing.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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