Woman formally charged in bank robbery

URBANA — A woman arrested within minutes of the holdup of an Urbana bank Wednesday has been criminally charged in Champaign County Circuit Court with aggravated robbery.

Kate Hubble, 35, who gave jail officials an address on Apple Tree Drive in Urbana, was arraigned Thursday on a single count alleging that she took money from an employee of Central Illinois Bank, 1514 N. Cunningham Ave., while indicating she had a bomb. No weapon was seen.

Assistant State's Attorney Tim Sullivan told Judge John Kennedy that Hubble entered the bank Wednesday afternoon before 4 p.m. and was chatting with the employees for several minutes and "appeared to be under the influence of drugs."

After being there awhile, she placed a nylon bag on the counter and allegedly demanded money.

"She passed a note (to the teller) that said 'Don't hit the silent alarm or my partner will blow up the building,'" Sullivan said.

After getting cash, Hubble was tracked to the 900 block of Perkins Road, just a short distance from the bank, where she was taken into custody.

Sullivan said police recovered the bag containing $2,696 taken from the bank.

Kennedy set bond for Hubble at $250,000 in that case and informed her that if convicted, she faces between four and 15 years in prison.

Additionally, he warned her that any sentence she might receive would have to be served after sentences she could receive if convicted of pending charges of burglary, possession of a controlled substance and theft that were filed against her in June.

Kennedy ordered Hubble to next appear in court on Nov. 19 before Judge Heidi Ladd on all those cases.

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