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.