Police & Fire
3 men rob TwinCityconvenience stores
BLOOMINGTON Three unknown men armed with knives robbed two convenience stores Sunday evening and early Monday along South Main Street, police said.
The first robbery occurred about 8 p.m. at Freedom Oil, 1402 S. Main St. A clerk told officers two men, one of whom was armed with a knife, entered the store and demanded money, which the clerk put into a plastic bag.
The clerk told police the men went north to an alley and she heard a car door close, but she was not sure if the noise was from those men.
The second robbery occurred about 2:30 a.m. at Huck's, 2401 S. Main St., when a man entered the building, demanded money and took cash and checks from the cash register, police said. A clerk told officers the man entered a car on the north side of the parking lot and drove north on Main Street.
Theft A Normal man is accused of renting and not returning a truck between Aug. 5 and Sept. 29.
George J. Rodgers, 50, of the 1100 block of West Northtown Road, was released on a personal recognizance bond Monday on a felony theft charge.
Burglary A 31-year-old Bloomington man is accused of breaking into a woman's home to commit a theft in July in Bloomington.
Frederick Brooks, of the 300 block of Riley Drive, was in jail Monday in lieu of $1,500 on a charge of residential burglary.
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Battery A Bloomington man is accused of pulling a woman's hair Sunday.
Brian Steadmann, 35, of the 1300 block of North Linden Street, was in jail Monday in lieu of $200 on a charge of domestic battery. A court file indicates the charge is a felony because of a conviction for domestic battery in 1999 case.
False report A 21-year-old Stanford man is accused of falsely telling a police officer his car, which had been involved in a traffic accident, had been stolen.
Jason A. Lartz was in jail Monday in lieu of $300 on a charge of creating a false report of an offense.
Obstructing justice A Normal man is accused of giving a false name to a police officer Sunday in Bloomington.
Frank R. Penn, 24, of Donna Drive, was in jail Monday in lieu of $750 on a charge of obstructing justice.