2 arrested for March ATM robbery

ANDERSON-MICHAELA

ANDERSON

SEIBERT-RYAN

SEIBERT

URBANA — Officers of the Urbana Police Division arrested two suspects Wednesday in connection with the March 5 robbery of an ATM machine at a city bank.

Michaela M. Anderson, 19, of Urbana, and Ryan H. Seibert, 22, of Springfield, were arrested at their homes at 10:42 a.m. and 1:20 p.m., respectively.

On March 5, the duo allegedly robbed two employees of Society National Bank, 828 Scioto St., Urbana, who were working at the bank’s ATM machine shortly before 9 a.m.

Authorities found an abandoned vehicle the following day in the 3300 block of Glouster Street in Springfield, which they believe was used to flee the robbery scene.

The suspects were charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; robbery, a third-degree felony; and theft, a fourth-degree felony. Mr. Seibert also received an additional theft charge, a fifth-degree felony.

They were lodged in the Tri-County Regional Jail. Bond was set at $35,000 for Ms. Anderson and $37,500 for Mr. Seibert.

Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell wrote the following in a media release about the case:

Police investigators spent hundreds of hours investigating this robbery, which included Urbana officers going to Florida twice to follow up on investigative 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 August 26-27 to provide us with valuable legal expertise as we strategized how to best proceed with our investigation, during a time we had an Urbana officer chasing leads in Florida.

In addition to Burkhammer and Talebi, Sgt. Dave Reese and Ofc. Shawn Schmidt also played vital roles in helping us to have success in closing this 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.

We are very thankful that no one was injured during the robbery or during today's arrests.