Rantoul Police Department

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

Rantoul Police Department offers medicine collection program Area residents have an opportunity to safely dispose of their unwanted or expired medications at the Rantoul Police Department Monday through Friday from 7am-5pm. The police department collects and properly disposes of pharmaceuticals to help reduce accidental poisonings of children and pets, prevent drug diversion and abuse, and limit environmental impacts. Residents may drop off their medications in the collection box in the lobby of the Rantoul Police Department. The program accepts prescription and over-the-counter medicines, liquid medication in leak-proof containers and veterinary pharmaceuticals. ***The program will not accept illicit drugs, syringes, needles, thermometers, or bloody and infectious waste. Any drugs that are collected are incinerated, which is the environmentally preferred disposal method.

Liz Frankie retires from the Rantoul Police Department On January 31st, Operations Manager, Liz Frankie, retired from the Rantoul Police Department. Liz started with the police department in 1976 as a police dispatcher. Liz worked as a police dispatcher for 23 years. Liz was appointed to the first and only Operations Manager at the police department in 1999 and held that capacity until retirement. For a great article about Liz's career and the changes she saw during this time please read: http://www.rantoulpress.com/news/courts-police-and-fire/2018-01-30/frankie-retiring-police-department-after-42-year-stint.html We would like to thank Liz for her 42 years of service to the police department! Enjoy your retirement!!!

Rantoul Police Department Arrest Subject for Bank Robbery On January 29, 2018 at approximately 10:15am, a white male subject entered Credit Union 1, Rantoul (200 E Champaign Ave). The subject implied he had a weapon and demanded money. After receiving the money, the subject left from the east doors and walked southbound from the business. At the time it was not known if he got into a vehicle. The Rantoul Police Department placed images of the subject on Facebook at approximately 10:45am. Within 10 minutes, Rantoul Police received several tips that led to the identification of Matthew Olivero. By 11:00am, Rantoul Police Officers were conducting surveillance on the subject's residence. After getting court ordered search warrants for the suspect's residence, the METRO SWAT team executed the warrant on Olivero’s residence at approximately 4:30pm. Olivero was taken into custody without incident. Officers recovered a majority of the currency taken during the robbery from Olivero’s residence. Olivero was later transported to the Champaign County Correctional Center on charges of Aggravated Robbery.

***UPDATE 01/29/18 6:30pm-The suspect, Matthew OIivero was arrested at approximately 4:30pm. The images of the subject were placed on Facebook at approximately 10:45am. Within 10 minutes, Rantoul Police received several tips that led to the identification of Olivero. By 11:00am, Rantoul Police Officers were conducting surveillance on the subject's residence. After getting court ordered search warrants for the suspect's residence, the METRO SWAT team executed the warrant. Olivero was taken into custody without incident. Officers recovered a majority of the currency taken during the robbery. Olivero was later transported to the Champaign County Correctional Center on charges of Aggravated Robbery.*** Rantoul Police Department Needs Help Identifying At approximately 10:20am, Monday morning, this subject entered Credit Union 1, Rantoul. The subject implied he had a weapon and demanded money. After receiving the money, the subject left from the east doors and walked southbound from the business. It is not known if he got into a vehicle. If you have any information about this subject, please call the Rantoul Police Department or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS.

Statement regarding Facebook post on Robbers impersonating Village employees Over the past couple of days a facebook post has been circulating about robberies occurring in Rantoul. The post says the robbers are impersonating Village of Rantoul Public Works employees to gain access to your home. As of the morning of January 20th, the police department has received NO reports remotely similar to this post. If you have been a victim of this and not reported it to police we ask you call to report it. Rantoul Police Department

Newest Rantoul Police Department Officer Sworn In Tuesday Officer Jacob Brand was sworn in on Tuesday by Mayor Chuck Smith. Officer Brand comes to the Rantoul Police Department with 12 years of experience as a Police Officer at Parkland College. Welcome aboard Officer Brand!

Snow Routes in Effect at 4pm 12/29/17 Snow Routes During a snowfall where an accumulation of two or more inches occur, vehicles may not park or remain parked on designated streets. If vehicles are parked on the designated streets, the Rantoul Police Department has authorization to tow the vehicles at the owners’ expense. After the snowfall has stopped and all snow has been removed from the designated streets, vehicles may again park in these areas. View snow route map at: http://www.village.rantoul.il.us/DocumentCenter/View/148

UPDATE: SNOW ROUTES WILL GO INTO EFFECT AT 4:00PM 12/29/17 ❄❄❄Snow Route Reminder❄❄❄ During a snowfall where an accumulation of two or more inches occur, vehicles may not park or remain parked on designated streets. If vehicles are parked on the designated streets, the Rantoul Police Department has authorization to tow the vehicles at the owners’ expense. After the snowfall has stopped and all snow has been removed from the designated streets, vehicles may again park in these areas. View snow route map at: http://www.village.rantoul.il.us/DocumentCenter/View/148

Want to work at the Rantoul Police Department We are looking for applicants to join the police department in the role of Police Service Representative. To apply click on the link below. Applications are due December 20th.

Thanks to Kiefer Photography for capturing all these great memories of Shop with a Cop 2017! Rantoul Police Department

Rantoul Police Department goes Purple and Gold What do you think of our new SRO Squad? Rantoul High School SRO Buckley will be sporting this newly striped purple and gold squad. Go Eagles!!!

***Update 11/28/17 The dog was located on the northwest side of Rantoul Sunday and has been returned to the owners. We appreciate all the shares of the post.*** Assistance needed finding lost dog Rantoul Police Department is trying to help this dog get back to its rightful owner. The dog, a female named Gabi, disappeared from the owner's backyard in the Pinecrest Ct. area yesterday (11/17) at approximately 11AM. One person reported seeing the dog yesterday evening near the intersection of Century Blvd at Grove Ave. Anyone having information should contact the police department at 333-8911.

Officer Mennenga Graduates from Police Training Institute Congratulations to Officer Mennenga for her graduation from the University of Illinois Police Training Institute! Pictured (L-R) is Lieutenant Meyer, Officer Mennenga, Chief Brown and Lieutenant Wooten.

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