BLOOMINGTON -- Police are investigating an early morning robbery at the Thornton service station and convenience store, 1101 N. Hershey Road.

The thief made off with the clerk's wallet, money from the cash register, and $80 worth of lottery tickets, said Bloomington Police spokesman Duane Moss.

It is the second robbery at a Bloomington business in two days. The Steak 'n Shake restaurant on Commerce Parkway was robbed early Wednesday morning by two masked gunmen. 

In the Thornton's case, police were called to the store about 4 a.m. when a clerk told them a man approached him from behind, and pressed what was believed to be a gun against the clerk's neck.

The thief ordered the worker to get the money from the register, and to give him some lottery tickets. He also took the clerk's wallet, according to police.

The robbery suspect is described as a black man, 5-feet-8-inches to 5-feet-9-inches tall. When he fled on foot, the suspect exited the west doors, heading toward Todd Drive. BPD used a police dog to pursue along Hershey, but lost track of the suspect near Todd Drive.

The suspect last was seen wearing a thin, dark-colored hooded jacket, dark pants, white gloves, and a scarf covering his face.

Anyone with information about this crime should call police at 309-434-2700.

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