BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington police have released suspect descriptions and is asking for the public's help in identifying two men involved in an armed robbery Monday afternoon.
At 1:50 p.m., officers were called to the robbery at Six Points Food and Liquor at Morris Avenue and Six Points Road.
The two suspects are described as black men between 30 and 35 years of age. Both wore black clothing with their faces partially covered. One suspect was wearing glasses or goggles and had facial hair.
One of the suspects was armed with a gun when they demanded money from a store employee. The suspects left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The employee was not injured.
It was the second armed robbery reported in April, following one at the Subway restaurant at 2310 E. Oakland Ave. on April 18.
In that incident around 8:30 p.m., employees told police two men entered a restricted employee-only area; one of them displayed a knife and demanded money and the employee’s phone.
The employee handed over his cellphone and an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
No arrests have been made.
Since two suspects were involved in both armed robberies, Public Affairs Officer John Fermon said BPD is looking into the possibility they are linked, but officers have not made a determination yet.
“We want to look at all possibilities as we go forward in the investigation,” he said.
The Six Points robbery 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 the robberies may be linked to a suspect Bloomington police nicknamed the “Business Bandit.”
Normal and Bloomington police departments have not indicated whether the most recent robberies are linked to that suspect, but the “Business Bandit” has not been ruled out as a possibility for armed robberies committed earlier in the year.