Marine Bank robbed in Champaign

Marine Bank robbed in Champaign

UPDATED 8:50 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN — Police are seeking the public’s help in solving a bank robbery Monday afternoon in Champaign.

Nobody was reported hurt.

Champaign Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said a man wearing a white cap and a white T-shirt entered the Marine Bank, 1001 S. Neil St., C., at 3:22 p.m.

The man displayed a handgun, demanded money and left through the west door.

Daniels said the FBI is working with Champaign police to identify and find the bank robber.

Police were trying to determine whether this robbery may have been linked to other robberies in recent weeks.

This marks the fifth robbery of a financial institution in Champaign since late March:

— The First Midwest Bank at the northeast corner of Prospect and Springfield was robbed on March 28. Lorenzo Cooper of Champaign was arrested in connection with that robbery.

— The First Financial Bank, 1611 S. Prospect Ave., was robbed on May 3.

— The Hickory Point Bank, 701 Devonshire Drive, was robbed on May 4.

— The Central Illinois Credit Union, 2106 W. John St., was robbed on May 8.

“There are times when certain types of crimes increase, and right now we are going through a string of bank robberies,” Daniels said. “We’re working hard with the FBI to solve this crime.”

 

Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to call Champaign police at 351-4545 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-8477.

Tips can also be sent at www.373tips.com or by text by sending CCTIP plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

The information you provide is confidential. You do not have to give your name or appear in court. Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest for this crime.

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