Rantoul Police Department

  • Agency: Rantoul Police Department
  • Address: 109 E. Grove Ave, Rantoul, 61866 IL
  • Chief:
Phone: (217) 892-2103
Fax: (217) 893-9556

Rantoul Police Department is located at 109 E. Grove Ave, Rantoul, 61866 IL. The Rantoul Police Department phone number is (217) 892-2103.

Rantoul Police Department News

Man arrested for Robberies in Rantoul and Arcola On September 21, 2017 at approximately 10:30pm, Rantoul Police Officers were dispatched to El Mercardito at 122 S. Garrard St. Rantoul. The owner of the business stated at approximately 8:15pm, a male subject entered the store through the front door and turned off the lights inside the store. The subject was armed with a “longer gun” and pointed it at the owner. The subject then demanded cash from the owner who complied. The subject then left from the store on foot. The initial estimate of the cash stolen from the business was $12,000.00. Upon reviewing the surveillance footage, officers learned the subject emerged from the alley across the street to the west of the business. The subject was wearing a black leather coat with the hood up and a mask that concealed his face. The subject entered the store and can be seen with a “long gun” pointing it at the owner. After the subject receives the money, he exits the front door and walks back down the alley. On September 22, 2017, Arcola Police Department contacted the Rantoul Police Department about a robbery that occurred in their town on September 20, 2017. At approximately 1:19pm, a subject entered Regiomontana Mexican Store (520 E Springfield Rd. Arcola). The subject appeared to have a small handgun and demanded money from the employee who complied. Arcola Police had identified a suspect on their case and identified him as Pablo D. Molina (DOB: 07/21/1978). Arcola Police obtained a Douglas County arrest warrant for Armed Robbery on Molina. Arcola Police stated Molina was believed to be living in Rantoul, IL in the 1000 block of Briarcliff Dr. Based on the report given by Arcola Police, there appeared to be many similarities to the robbery in Rantoul. Additionally, a vehicle that was parked at Molina’s residence appeared to be consistent to a vehicle seen on surveillance footage just prior to the robbery occurring in Rantoul. Rantoul Police conducted surveillance on the residence, but was unable to locate Molina on this date. On September 23, 2017, Rantoul Police located Molina driving a vehicle on Maplewood Dr. A vehicle stop was conducted and Molina was arrested without incident on the Douglas County Warrant. The truck Molina was driving on this date was consistent with the vehicle driven during the robbery in Arcola. Rantoul Police obtained court ordered search warrants for Molina’s residence and the vehicle seen in the Rantoul Robbery. Arcola Police had already obtained a court ordered search warrant for the truck Molina was driving. During the course of these searches, evidence was recovered from both robberies including a substantial portion of the cash that was stolen from both businesses. The long gun used during the Rantoul robbery was found to be a pellet gun. An interview with Molina was conducted. During the interview, Molina admitted to committing both the Rantoul and Arcola robberies. Molina was transported to the Champaign County Correctional Center on a charge of Aggravated Robbery and the Douglas County warrant. The Rantoul Police Department was assisted by the Arcola Police Department throughout the investigation.

***Increased Traffic around Rantoul Thursday through Sunday*** The Rantoul Police Department welcomes the Half Century of Progress Show to Rantoul this weekend. With this show, residents can expect an increase in traffic in and around Rantoul. The main route for patrons exiting Interstate 57 is eastbound on US Rt. 136 to Tanner St. Tanner St. to US Rt 45 South to Chandler Rd East. Residents who use these roads to commute and travel around Rantoul are advised to find alternate routes during the event as traffic flow may slow or stop. Additionally, traffic may increase in the evening hours as patrons are leaving the grounds for the day. The Rantoul Police Department has many officers on duty during this event to help alleviate some of the traffic problems that may occur. We appreciate everyone's patience during this event!

***Head Start and Little Wings Traffic Pattern Change Thursday and Friday*** Due to the Half Century of Progress show this weekend, roads will be closed around Head Start and Little Wings. If you are going to these places you must utilize Enterprise Dr to Frost Ave. Century Blvd south of Wheat Ave will be closed for show traffic. Frost Ave will be closed just east of the entrance to Little Wings.

Traffic stopped on I57 northbound just north of Rantoul.

Back to School Safety Tips It's that time of the year again and soon children will be off to school. Be sure to review these safety tips with your children so they can have a fun and safe school year. Rantoul Police Department #BackToSchool

Rantoul Police Department welcomes new Officer Officer Haley Mennenga was sworn in Tuesday at the Village of Rantoul board meeting. Officer Mennenga will attend the 14-week Police Training Institute starting Monday. After completion of the Police Training Institute, Officer Mennenga will enter the 12-14 week Field Training Program at the police department. Officer Mennenga grew up in rural Gifford and was a 2010 graduate of Rantoul Township High School. Welcome aboard Officer Mennenga!

Brown sworn in as Rantoul Police Department Chief Chief Tony Brown was sworn in Tuesday night before the Village Hall of Rantoul, IL board meeting. Chief Brown's first official day is August 7th. Welcome aboard Chief!

Come out to Stuff The Squad The Rantoul Police Department is at Walmart Rantoul today stuffing a squad with school supplies. Come by from 9-2 to donate. We're also selling pork chop lunches for $5. #stuffthesquad #backtoschool

Rantoul Police Department to serve meals today for Special Olympics Illinois Come out to Texas Roadhouse - Champaign today from 11-2 and be served your meal by local law enforcement. We'll be there raising money for Special Olympics Illinois! #igotserved

Rantoul Police Department to host "Stuff The Squad" School Supply Drive On Saturday July 29th from 9:00 to 2:00pm, the Rantoul Police Department will be having the 4th annual "Stuff the Squad" school supply drive at the Rantoul Walmart. Members of the Rantoul Police Department and students from Rantoul Twp High School will be collecting supplies for students who are not financially able to purchase the supplies for themselves. Supplies needed are folders, pens, backpacks, binders, pencils, binder inserts, loose leaf paper, erasers and highlighters. Monetary donations are also accepted at the Rantoul High School, 200 South Sheldon Rantoul or the Rantoul Police Department. In addition, we will be serving a pork chop sandwich, a bag of chips and a drink for $5.00. In years past, this school supply drive has proven very successful and has contributed to the educational needs of numerous students in our community. Any assistance or donation would be greatly appreciated! Rantoul High School SRO #StufftheSquad

Pink Heals Central Illinois Chapter comes to Rantoul The Rantoul Police Department and Rantoul Fire Department helped the Pink Heals visit James at his residence in Rantoul on Sunday. James, who is battling cancer, was able to meet with members of the Pink Heals, police officers and firefighters. James was also able to sign his name on the pink firetruck! Keep fighting James!!!

***UPDATE-07/12/17 AT 6:45PM. This subject was taken into custody at approximately 6:30pm on Belle St in Rantoul. This case is still under investigation.*** MEDIA RELEASE On July 12, 2017 at approximately 8:30 AM, Rantoul Police was notified that a tow truck was left on the property of a local business owner at a local business in the 400 Block of North Century Blvd. The caller indicated that a 12 year old boy was located inside the vehicle. Rantoul Police responded and learned that the child and a dog had been left unattended in the vehicle since approximately 2:00 AM. The child reported that his father, Jeremiah Bridges, left the vehicle. Rantoul Police attempted to contact Bridges by cell phone but was unsuccessful. There were attempts to locate the phone and it showed a location north west of Rantoul. However, the margin of error for the location was 2500 meters. Champaign County deputies responded to assist in searching the general area where the phone was thought to be located. While the search for Bridges was underway, Rantoul officers examined the truck for clues as to where Bridges may have gone. While doing so, several firearms and a substantial amount of ammunition was located. Additionally, a suspected explosive device was located. The Champaign / University of Illinois Bomb Squad was summoned at approximately 11:30 AM and were on scene a short time later. Rt. #45 was closed down for the period of time that the bomb squad searched the vehicle. An additional device was located as well as another firearm. Rt. #45 was re-opened at approximately 2:00 PM. The Rantoul Fire Department and Professional Ambulance Service staged on that location while the search of the vehicle was being conducted. The bomb squad took the devices to a remote location north of Rantoul to render them safe. Although there have been reported sightings of Bridges around Rantoul since this incident began he has yet to be located. Rantoul Police Department are concerned about Bridges and need to locate him. There is reason to believe that Bridges may be armed so anyone having information on his whereabouts are encouraged to call the Rantoul Police at either 911 or 333-8911. Bridges is described as a 38 year old white male, 5’11” tall, weighing approximately 135 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and either blue or tan shorts. Bridges has residences in Veedersburg, IN and Greencastle, IN.

The Rantoul Police Department would like to extend their condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Illinois State Police Trooper Ryan Albin. Rantoul Police Officers attended Trooper Albin's funeral and procession today to pay their last respects.

***Update 22:35- Missing juvenile safely located and reunited with family*** Rantoul Police Department seeks assistance locating missing juvenile The Rantoul Police Department is seeking assistance locating a missing 14y/o. Alexis Reyna was last seen riding her bicycle up and down the 1400 block of Mather Dr approximately 45 minutes ago. Alexis has a learning disability and does not have a history of leaving the area. Alexis wears glasses and was wearing a gray t-shirt and blue jeans. Alexis is 5'4" and approximately 157lbs with black hair and brown eyes. Alexis was riding a white and gray mountain bike/beach cruiser. If you have any information or have seen Alexis please call 333-8911 immediately.

Rantoul Police Department's newest Officer graduates from Police Training Institute Rantoul Police Officer Matthew Oliger graduated from the Police Training Institute on Thursday. While at Police Training Institute, Officer Matt Oliger earned the Clifford W. VanMeter Scholastic Achievement Award for top academic performance! Officer Oliger will now start his 12-14 week Field Training Program at the police department. Welcome aboard Officer Oliger! Pictured with Officer Oliger is Lieutenant Jeff Wooten, Lieutenant Alex Meyer and Chief-select Tony Brown.