Some Schools Go Into Lockdown Monday After Centralia Bank Robbery

Some Schools Go Into Lockdown Monday After Centralia Bank Robbery

CENTRALIA — Centralia police continue to investigate a Monday morning bank robbery.

According to Centralia police, the People’s National Bank on East Broadway was robbed at gunpoint Monday morning around 9 a.m.

The alleged gunmen have been described as two skinny black men, approximately 5-feet 8-inches tall. They were both reportedly wearing all black and had their faces covered.

They each reportedly displayed guns before fleeing the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

It’s believed they ran east from the bank and then north.

Nearby St. Mary School and the new Alternative School were immediately placed on lockdown, with other Centralia schools following suit.

Central City and Wamac police, along with Illinois State Police, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies and the Marion County K-9 Unit responded to assist with searching for the two subjects. Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigators are assisting in the investigation.

The State Crime Scene Investigators were called to assist in the investigation.

No injuries were reported in the robbery and no arrests have been made at this time.

The men are considered armed and dangerous. If you see them, or have any information about this robbery, call the Centralia Police Department at 618-533-7602.

The same bank location was robbed in December 2015. The suspects, who in that incident indicated they were armed, were never captured. They were described as two black males both wearing bandannas over their faces.

While searching for those two suspects, police reportedly located a small amount of cash on the ground near St. Mary Catholic School.

Police were notified of the 2015 armed robbery by a passerby notified 9-1-1 that he saw a black male was standing inside the bank with something over his face.