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Bloomington Police officers investigate the scene of an armed robbery at Six Points Food and Liquor at Six Points Road and Morris Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2019. Two men are in custody in connection with the hold-up and two others in Bloomington. 

BLOOMINGTON — Police in Bloomington are looking for two suspects in an armed robbery Monday afternoon on the city's southwest side.

Police were called at 1:50 p.m. to Six Points Food and Liquor at Morris Avenue and Six Points Road.

Police think the suspects fled on foot to the north. There was a two-vehicle crash at the intersection around the same time as the robbery, but that apparently was unrelated.

Police did release a description of the suspects but they confirmed one person, most likely an employee, was robbed at gunpoint. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

This was the first reported armed robbery since an April 18 armed robbery of the Subway restaurant at 2310 E. Oakland Ave. There, at 8:30 a.m., employees told police that two men entered the business and went into a restricted employee-only area.

One of the suspects displayed a knife and demanded money and the employee’s phone. The employee handed over his cellphone and an undisclosed amount of money, said police.

There have been no arrests in that case.

The Monday afternoon incident is at least the seventh armed robbery reported in the Twin Cities since the start of the year, following a string of business robberies that began in December.

Several of them may be linked to a suspect Bloomington police nicknamed the “Business Bandit.”

Normal and Bloomington police departments have not indicated the most recent robberies were linked, but the “Business Bandit” has not been ruled out as a possibility for armed robberies committed earlier in the year.

No injuries have been reported in any of the business robberies.

This story will be updated.

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

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Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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