Urbana bank hit by holdup try — or prank

URBANA — Urbana police are looking for a girl who they say may have tried to rob a bank in that city Friday afternoon.

They're also wondering if she was involved in a prank.

Lt. Bryant Seraphin said just after 1 p.m., a girl believed to be in her midteens went in the Heartland Bank, 1812 Philo Road, and asked to use the restroom.

"Then the young lady slammed a note up on the glass enclosure that separates the public from the bank staff. It had words to effect of 'Give me all the money or I'll set the bomb off.' She then immediately pulled the note down and sprinted right out of the bank and took off westbound. There was no time for the teller to even respond," Seraphin said.

"We're not sure whether this was some sort of completely inappropriate prank or a legitimate attempt to rob the bank," Seraphin said.

She ended up joining up with another person who appeared to be a man, but it's unclear how they may be related, he said.

Seraphin said there were at least four employees in the bank at the time. No one was hurt and no money was handed over.

Preliminary information is that she was wearing a black jacket, black pants and a pink shirt.

Earlier this month, Alicia Smith, 18, of Urbana pleaded guilty in Champaign County Circuit Court to aggravated robbery for holding up the same bank on Oct. 3. She was sentenced to seven years in prison.

In that case, she presented a note to the teller saying she had a bomb and would set it off if the teller didn't give her money. The teller turned over about $1,850, most of which was recovered in Smith's Vawter Street apartment after she turned herself in the day after the holdup.

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