Champaign man arrested for bank robbery

Champaign man arrested for bank robbery

UPDATED 6 p.m. Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — Police have arrested a Champaign man in connection with a bank robbery at a busy intersection Tuesday morning.

University of Illinois police arrested Lorenzo P. Cooper, 57, who listed an address in the 400 block of South State Street, Champaign. He was arrested Tuesday afternoon in the 200 block of East Gregory Street.

According to Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn, Champaign police had obtained a warrant for Cooper’s arrest.

Cooper was taken to the Champaign County jail, where bond has been set at $250,000.

According to a police report, a man came in to the First Midwest Bank at the northeast corner of Prospect and Springfield avenues just after 9 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money. He did not display a weapon.

He left with an undisclosed amount of cash, on foot, and headed north.

Seven employees and one customer were at the bank at the time of the robbery. Dunn said that none of them was reported to be hurt.

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Orbiter wrote on March 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

In the past year we've had what, four?, reported bank robberies in town. And they all seem to be of the sort described by this article: "a man came in to the... Bank... and handed a teller a note demanding money. He did not display a weapon."  Without wanting to trivialize what was apparently a traumatic experience for the teller and employees, from this description of events, one might reasonably conclude the unknown man was merely a potential customer, asking for a loan!  After all, that IS a major function of banks.  Upon first reading of these stories, my first response was "well hand the guy a loan application".  

No, I don't actually doubt the tellers understanding of the intent.  But surely the News Gazette could give a better report on these robberies.

rsp wrote on March 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm

No, I don't actually doubt the tellers understanding of the intent.

That's exactly what you are doing. What do you thing the note said? Maybe a threat? Implied a weapon? All employees are trained to co-operate with the robber. Do you know what a lot of employers do after a robbery? They fire the victims. 

silvdbs wrote on March 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm

When will banks step into the 21st century and get camerass capable of a decent resolution. You're protecting thousands of dollars, maybe consider splurging for the slightly more expensive unit!


oh, and nice job on the illini jacket... doesn't make you look local at all..

xb wrote on March 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm

I'd bet a high res system good enough to make any difference would cost more than the amount lost in the robbery.  I believe this is also a reason why most banks don't have the exploding dye cash pouch device as its cost is also significantly more than the average robbery losses.

chai wrote on March 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

It's really not amusing if you've ever worked as a teller.  You've got to assume that the person asking for money has a weapon and will hurt you, not that he wants to buy a new car.