The Urbana Police Division announced the arrest of two people in connection to a robbery at a local bank earlier this year.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell stated police arrested Michaela M. Anderson and Ryan H. Seibert in connection with a robbery at Security National Bank, 828 Scioto St., on March 5.
Two employees were robbed that morning as they were working with the ATM at that location just before 9 a.m.
Information provided by Urbana police from earlier this year stated the employees were approached by a male wearing a stocking over his face who demanded they turn over a bag they were carrying. While no weapon was shown, the robber indicated to the employees that he was armed.
An employee threw the bag to the ground and the male picked it up and ran.
On Wednesday at 10:42 a.m., police arrested Anderson, 19, of Urbana, at her residence. She was taken to the Tri-County Regional Jail, Mechanicsburg, where her bond is $35,000. Anderson is charged with a first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery, a third-degree felony charge of robbery and a fourth-degree felony charge of theft.
At 1:20 p.m., police arrested Seibert, 22, of Springfield, at his residence. He was also taken to the Tri-County Jail, where his bond is $37,500. Seibert is charged with a first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery, a third-degree felony charge of robbery, a fourth-degree felony theft charge and a fifth-degree felony theft charge.
Lingrell stated police investigators spent hundreds of hours investigating this robbery. Urbana police officers went to Florida twice to follow leads.
“I’d like to thank the officers who worked diligently on this case, particularly the lead investigator, Sgt. Ed Burkhammer, who was the arresting officer, as well as Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi who was very helpful in consulting with us throughout the case and came in during the overnight hours of Aug. 26-27 to provide us with valuable legal expertise as we strategized how to best proceed with our investigation during a time where we had an Urbana officer chasing leads in Florida,” Lingrell stated.
In addition to Burkhammer and Talebi, Lingrell thanked Sgt. Dave Reese and Officer Shawn Schmidt for their roles in successfully close the investigation.
“I also want to recognize the professional assistance numerous Florida law enforcement agencies were to us as they provided Urbana investigating officers with additional manpower, surveillance and technical support during our time in Florida,” Lingrell stated. “We are very thankful that no one was injured during the robbery or during today’s arrests.”
Both co-defendants are scheduled to make their initial court appearances in the Champaign County Municipal Court on Thursday morning.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.