Champaign Police Seek Community Assistance in Investigating Bank Robbery

On Dec. 19, 2022, at approximately 9:11 a.m., Champaign Police Officers responded to the First Financial Bank located at 1205 S. Neil Street for reports of a bank robbery. Upon arrival, officers learned a suspect entered the bank, displayed a note indicating the presence of a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of currency. No injuries have been reported to Champaign Police, and there is currently no evidence a gun was displayed or discharged during the commission of the robbery.

The Champaign Police Department is currently interviewing witnesses and reviewing video footage from the bank and immediate area for more information. Officers continue to canvass the surrounding area for witnesses and video footage that may be of investigative assistance. Any resident or business in the nearby area with exterior surveillance camera systems is encouraged to notify the police department.

The investigation continues, and future updates may be provided as they become available.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to please call the Champaign Police Department at (217) 351-4545. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

Champaign Police reminds citizens that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.

Crime Stoppers will pay cash rewards of $5,000 for tips that lead to an arrest in any homicide case, $2,500 for tips leading to an arrest in a felony crime involving a firearm, and up to $1,000 for tips leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for any other crime.