URBANA, Ill. (WLFI) - Police said one of the Lafayette men arrested in connection to an Illinois robbery Tuesday is a suspect to multiple bank robberies in the Lafayette area.
Ronald Corbin, 49, and Dennis Gallivan, 58, both of Lafayette, were taken into custody after an armed robbery at the Central Illinois Bank in Urbana. The case has been turned over to the U.S. Attorney's Office by the Champaign County State's Attorney.
Investigators believe Corbin entered the bank Tuesday with a handgun and forced the teller to fill a brown bag with money. Police said Gallivan was the getaway driver. The suspect vehicle was located on I-74, about 10 miles east of Urbana and the men were arrested. Police collected evidence including a handgun and approximately the same amount of cash that had been stolen from the bank in a paper sack. No one was injured during the robbery.
According to the FBI, Corbin could also be linked to bank robberies in Indiana and Ohio.
A detective with the Lafayette Police Department confirmed to News 18 late Wednesday night that Corbin is the same man charged in two armed bank robberies that took place in Oct. 2012.
News 18 reported on Nov. 15, 2012, that according to court documents, a second man, Christepher Clemons, told investigators he drove Corbin to the Lafayette Savings Bank on Twyckenham Boulevard on Oct. 12. He said Corbin wore a hoodie, sunglasses, and had a handgun. Clemons admitted Corbin gave him some of the money that was taken from the bank.
Clemons told investigators he drove Corbin to the Huntington Bank on Teal Road Oct. 18, knowing Corbin intended to rob it. During that robbery, Corbin was again wearing a hoodie and sunglasses and had a handgun. He got away with unknown amount of money.
Clemons also admitted his and Corbin's involvement with a Regions Bank robbery in Frankfort on Oct. 26. Clemons said the day before, he drove Corbin to rob the Salin Bank on Veterans Memorial Parkway in Lafayette. However, the doors were locked and Corbin could not get in.
Corbin has a jury trial in Tippecanoe County set for Oct. 7, 2013.
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