BLOOMINGTON — A Family Dollar in Bloomington was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night, police said.

At 8:24 p.m., officers were dispatched to the store at 1512 W. Market St. where a suspect had entered the store and pointed a gun at an employee, demanding money.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6-foot tall with a slim build. He was wearing black clothes and had his face partially covered, according to Bloomington police.

He took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot. No injuries were reported in the robbery.

It is not yet known if there is any connection to a rash of recent armed robberies in the Twin Cities. Twelve robberies have occurred since Dec. 8; an arrest has been made in one. Police have said one individual may be responsible for at least seven of those.

“We’re going to investigate this as a single incident,” said John Fermon, public affairs officer for the Bloomington Police Department. But he added the department isn’t ruling out the possibility that this robbery could be related to previous ones.

Police have nicknamed that suspect the “Business Bandit,” and described him as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build. In several of the incidents, the suspect was wearing a black hooded jacket with button or snap pockets on the front sides of the coat.

Anyone with information on the Family Dollar armed robbery is asked to contact BPD Detective Steve Moreland at 309-434-2359 or smoreland@cityblm.org.

To remain anonymous, call McLean County Crime Stoppers at 309-828-1111.

Contact Kelsey Watznauer at (309) 820-3254. Follow her on Twitter: @kwatznauer.


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