CHICAGO — Police continue to look for two men suspected of taking thousands of dollars from video gaming terminals in Illinois truck stops, including one in Downs.

The Illinois Gaming Board released surveillance camera photos Wednesday of two men considered suspects in the burglaries in Pocahontas and Marion in southern Illinois, in Monee in northern Illinois and at Downs Travel Mart.

Gaming board spokesman Gene O'Shea said large amounts of cash have been taken by the two men who work together to remove money from the redemption device that holds the payouts for winning games.

One gaming company, J & J Ventures Gaming, is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspects, said O'Shea. 

Cody Clark was working as a cashier at the Downs Travel Mart on New Year's Eve when two men came into the store and left 20 minutes later with more than $2,000 from the video gaming device.

"They were definitely professionals. They were very quick about it," said Clark.

Clark said one of the suspects distracted him with the purchase of lottery tickets and small talk while an accomplice burglarized the gaming device.

McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said his department is handling the Downs incident.

"We've reached out to other agencies throughout Illinois that had the same type of incidents to see if we can come up with more information," said Sandage.

A burglary also was reported from gaming terminals in a Chenoa store on New Year's Eve afternoon. 

Similarities between the burglaries became apparent after several were reported starting in November, said O'Shea.

Both suspects are white males seen in what appears to be a silver Pontiac Grand Prix, manufactured between 2004 and 2008. Anyone with information may call the IGB hotline at 855-494-0237. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Reporter for The Pantagraph.

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