Locked doors thwart attempted robbery at credit union

Locked doors thwart attempted robbery at credit union

UPDATED 2:20 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are investigating an attempted robbery at a credit union Wednesday afternoon that was thwarted by locked doors.
 
Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said preliminary information indicates that at around 12:55 p.m., Central Illinois Credit Union personnel noticed suspicious activity by two people who were outside the business, 2106 West John St., and locked the doors.
 
One of the two tried to get into the credit union, but could not. The two then rode off on bicycles, which were later found by police.
 
No one was injured during the attempted robbery.
 
The credit union was robbed in May, one of a number of robberies at financial institutions within a few days at the time.
 

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Sid Saltfork wrote on September 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Bank robberies are on the rise across the country.  Bicycles have replaced cars which replaced horses.  Imagine the Jesse James gang riding off on bicycles; or Bonnie and Clyde on a tandem bike.

purple9 wrote on September 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Kudos to the alert staff!!    Way to go!

vcponsardin wrote on September 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

No one knows for sure if they actually thwarted a bank robbery.  All that is certain is the credit union employees prevented a couple of guys on bicycles who were acting suspiciously from entering their establishment.  Whether robbery was the pair's intension may never be known.  Perhaps the two were entirely innocent, but whose "suspicious" actions were misinterpreted by an understandably jittery credit union.

Sid Saltfork wrote on September 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Well, they ditched their bicyles which were found by the police later.  Maybe, the bicycles were not their bicycles though.  The television footage showed two bikes that seemed to be the same model except one was a man's bike, and the other was a female's bike.  Must have been some other couple's bikes.