Police investigating Champaign bank robbery
UPDATED 5:15 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN — Police are looking for a man who made off with cash from the Marine Bank, 1001 S. Neil St., C, Tuesday afternoon, the seventh bank robbery in Champaign since late March and the second one for this bank this year.
According to a Champaign police report, at 1:09 p.m., a man entered the bank wearing sunglasses, a hat and possibly a wig. After the man asked to speak with staff about bank services, he displayed a note demanding a specific amount of cash.
Although no gun was shown, police said, the man implied to the bank employee that he had one.
Champaign police Lt. Robert Rea said the robber left the bank and headed to the northwest. Rea said police are not aware of him getting into a vehicle.
Police said none of the five employees were reported to be harmed. Rea said there was a customer in the bank when the robber came in, but he left.
Police described the robber as a black man with a slender build and olive-colored skin in his 30s. He was wearing a light-colored or tan “golf-style” hat with black, shiny, shoulder-length hair that possibly may be a wig. He was wearing a black button-up shirt with a light or white T-shirt underneath.
The same bank was also robbed on May 21. Two men — Ronald Wilkerson, 43, of Champaign and William Jackson, 34, of Urbana — have been charged with that and are awaiting trial. Those two and Prentice Taylor, 56, of Urbana, are also charged with the May 8 armed robbery of the Central Illinois Credit Union, 2106 W. John St., C.
There has been one bank robbery in Urbana this year. That was at the Heartland Bank, 1812 S. Philo Road, U, on June 28.
The last bank robbery in Champaign was on July 6 when a man entered the First Midwest Bank, 812 W. Springfield Ave., C, and made off with cash, including a dye pack that police believe exploded in his hands within minutes of the robbery. No arrests have been made in that.
Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said detectives are looking at other robberies to determine if any of them are related or if additional suspects are involved.
There were at least five bank robberies in Champaign County in 2011: one in Urbana, two in Champaign, and two in Savoy.
If you have any information on this bank robbery, please call Champaign police at 351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 373-8477. Tips can also be sent at www.373tips.com or by cellphone text by sending CCTIP plus the information 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. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.