Champaign police arrest 3 for robbery
UPDATED 8:45 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN — Three men are being held at the Champaign County Jail following their arrests in connection with several armed robberies in Champaign, including some of a recent spate of bank holdups.
Champaign police said they arrested Ronald Wilkerson, 43, at his home in the 1500 block of Honeysuckle Lane, Champaign; William Terry Jackson, 34, who listed two different addresses in Urbana, in the 800 block of Fairlawn Drive in Urbana; and Prentice Taylor, 56, at his home in the 900 block of North Gregory Street, Urbana. All three were arrested on Monday without incident.
On Tuesday, Jackson pleaded innocent to three counts of armed robbery, Taylor pleaded innocent to two counts of armed robbery and Wilkerson pleaded innocent to one count of armed robbery.
Judge Richard Klaus set Jackson’s bond at $750,000 and the bond for both Taylor and Wilkerson at $500,000. Each of their next court appearances were set for June 26.
All three are suspected of a May 8 robbery at the Central Illinois Credit Union, 2106 W. John St., C, according to police. Wilkerson and Jackson also are suspected of a robbery on Monday at Marine Bank, 1001 S. Neil St., C. Jackson and Taylor are suspected in an April 18 robbery at the Mobil Super Pantry at 1511 N. Prospect Ave., C.
Police are continuing to investigate whether the three were involved in any other recent robberies. Four banks have been robbed in Champaign in May alone. The department cites five bank robberies, three to consumer loan businesses and several to other businesses, at which weapons were displayed or implied.
Champaign police, Champaign County sheriff’s deputies and FBI officers investigated.
Renae Yandell, crime analyst for the Champaign Police Department, said there were a total of three bank robberies in the city in 2011.