Police investigating robbery at downtown Urbana bank


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URBANA — Police are investigating a bank robbery Wednesday afternoon in Urbana.

Lt. Rich Surles said about 3:45 p.m., a man entered Heartland Bank and Trust, 602 S. Vine St.

"He had his hands in his sleeves. He presents a note with denominations of cash on it. The clerk was initially confused," Surles said.

The robber then clarified that he was robbing the bank and wanted cash in different denominations. While he did not display a gun, Surles said he implied he had one.  

Surles said the exchange happened so quietly that the other customer and three other employees in the bank were unaware it was happening. No one was physically injured.

Surles said the man put the money in a sweatshirt pocket and left the building, heading east on foot on Oregon Avenue.

The robber was described as a black man; about 25 years old; 5 feet, 5 inches tall; and thin; and was wearing jeans and a blue hoodie. 

The University of Illinois Police Department tracking dog is helping Urbana police look for the robber.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 or 373tips.com or via the free "P3 Tips" mobile app.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is mschenk@news-gazette.com, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).