Two in custody for robbery at Rantoul credit union

UPDATED 1:15 p.m.

RANTOUL — Two people are in police custody following a robbery at a Rantoul credit union Tuesday morning.

Rantoul police Sgt. Sean Arie said about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, a man held up the Community Plus Federal Credit Union, 526 E. Champaign Ave., Rantoul.
 
No weapon was displayed but the man handed a female employee a note that prompted her to give him an undisclosed amount of cash. He then left the credit union to the south.

Because of the credit union’s proximity to Rantoul Township High School, the school was notified and students were kept inside the building while police investigated.

Arie said the robber, who was wearing a wig that went past his shoulders, a white ball cap, a gray suit coat, tan pants and red tennis shoes, eventually got into a car that headed south to Champaign with police in pursuit.
 
Champaign police Lt. Bob Rea said the car got off Interstate 57 on North Market Street and headed into northeast Champaign.
 
"One passenger bailed out in the area of North Market Street and took off running. He was located and arrested," said Rea.
 
"The car kept going and officers followed it to Winding Lane and Arcadia. The car pulled up into a yard in the 1400 block of Winding Lane. That guy bailed out and took off running and was arrested after a foot pursuit," said Rea.
 
Several officers from Champaign, Rantoul and the Champaign County Sheriff's Office joined in chasing the robbers, who were in custody in less than a half-hour after the holdup occurred.
 
Arie identified the men as Darta Bishop, 24, whose last known address was in the 400 block of West Maple St., Champaign, and Maurice Thomas, 27, whose last known address was in the 700 block of North Fifth Street, Champaign. They were being interviewed Tuesday afternoon.
 
Police towed the car from the yard on Winding Lane around noon so it could be searched. Arie confirmed that police recovered evidence, including cash, believed related to the credit union robbery.
 
The robbery is the first of a financial institution in Rantoul this year. Champaign has had seven bank robberies and Urbana two in 2012.
 

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rsp wrote on September 18, 2012 at 11:09 am

This is going to be a really good story. 

imru95 wrote on September 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm

So...he drives to Champaign, then turns around and goes back to Rantoul??  What an idiot. 

Rocco146 wrote on September 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

They didn't turn back around to go back to Rantoul.  They stopped at Winding Lane and Arcadia in Champaign, off of Neil Street.  There is an intersection of Winding Lane and Arcadia in Rantoul as well.

imru95 wrote on September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Thanks Rocco....that makes more sense.  Well...atleast as much sense as a bank robber can make.  lol


 

Fedupwithstatereps wrote on September 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Good job by the Police!  Thank you.

larbear wrote on September 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Notice: Do not robby banks in Rantoul!

I think Rantoul has a much higher rate of catching the bank robbers than Champaign does. I think this has to be at least the third group to try and rob banks in Rantoul and get caught before they new what hit them.

GeneralLeePeeved wrote on September 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

....well, it helps that the people who tend to rob banks in Rantoul are such geniuses!  Remember the brilliant guy who robbed one of the banks a couple of years ago?  ....he made his gettaway as a passenger in a cab......amazing

Sid Saltfork wrote on September 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

At least, C-U bank robbers are more ecologically minded.  They use bicycles.