Overcast
64°FOvercastFull Forecast

Student taken for an expensive ride

Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

URBANA (AP) – Police say someone took more than $4,000 from a new University of Illinois student who had just arrived in Chicago from China.

University of Illinois police Sgt. Tom Geis said the 18-year-old student was looking for a bus to the Urbana-Champaign campus after arriving at O’Hare International Airport on Aug. 20. The student was approached by a man who said the bus wouldn’t come for hours but offered to drive the student for $1,000.

Some bus services advertise fares of less than $30 for the trip.

Geis told The News-Gazette in Champaign that the two drove to Urbana. The driver then handed the student a handwritten bill for $4,800. The students paid the man all he had, about $4,240. The student also left his cellphone behind.

National video



Reader Poll

In the wake of heightened scrutiny of police departments in Baltimore, New York, and Ferguson over treatment of minorities, how do you rate the performance of your local police department?
Excellent
Good
Fair
Poor