Yesterday, Champaign police officers responded to the Central Illinois Credit Union, located at 2106 W. John Street, for what employees suspected was an attempted bank robbery.
At approximately 12:45 PM, credit union employees contacted police after witnessing suspicious behavior by two males who tried to enter the credit union.
Employees reported seeing one male loitering in the area near the bank, leaving and then returning. A second male arrived at the bank and attempted to enter the door, which had already been locked by bank employees. When the males weren’t allowed entry into the bank, they quickly left the area on bicycles and were later seen running. A short time later, police located two abandoned bicycles near the bank and dispatched the department’s K-9 unit to the scene.
No weapon was displayed and no injuries were reported by credit union employees.
“The Credit Union employees responded correctly,” says Police Chief Anthony Cobb. “They witnessed unusual behavior being displayed near the bank and erred on the side of caution. They’ve been in this situation before and were prepared this time.”
Police are still searching for both suspects with the following descriptions:
Suspect #1 is described as a black male, wearing a dark colored Notre Dame hat, a white long-sleeved shirt, and dark colored pants.
Suspect #2 is described as being a black male, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
The public is encouraged to report any information about this incident to the Champaign Police Department by calling (217) 351-4545. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-TIPS (373-8477). Information can also be reported anonymously via the web at www.373tips.com or by cell phone by texting keyword CCTIP plus the tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).