Urbana police make arrests in bank robberies

URBANA - Urbana police say three arrests have been made in connection with two robberies that took place at Heartland Bank, located in the 1800 block of South Philo Road.

Authorities say Heartland Bank was robbed during the morning hours of December 18, 2014 and February 13, 2015.  The suspect of the first robbery was described as a black male in his 20s, wearing a wig and camouflage vest.  The suspect of the second robbery was described as a black female in her 20s, wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt under a dark-colored jacket.

Urbana police say through the use of surveillance video, interviews with witnesses, tips from the community, and other investigative efforts, the bank robbers were identified by police.  On March 12, St. Louis police arrested the suspect in the February 13 robbery, who has been identified as a 16-year-old female.  On March 17, Urbana police arrested the suspect in the December 18 robbery, who has been identified as a 14-year-old male.

Authorities say both suspects are being held at a Juvenile Detention Center, and that the two were allegedly in a dating relationship at one point.  Urbana police say they received information that the male suspect's older sister had allegedly helped in facilitating and coordinating the two robberies.  As a result, authorities arrested Symone Simmons, 23.  Simmons is currently being held at the Champaign County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Urbana police say the investigation into these incidents is ongoing.  If anyone has information about these robberies, they are urged to call the Urbana Police Department at (217) 384-2320 or Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.
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