BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects involved in an armed robbery Thursday morning.

About 8:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Subway restaurant at 2310 E. Oakland Ave. Employees told police two men had entered the business and gone into a restricted employee-only area.

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

The first suspect is described as a heavy-set black man in his mid-20s or early 30s. He wore a dark hoodie and dark track pants with a red stripe down the legs with black shoes and a reflective construction vest.

The second suspect is described as a black man of average build, also in his late 20s or early 30s, with partial facial hair. He wore a dark hoodie, dark pants and dark gloves with a black and gray backpack, a reflective safety vest and glasses that are possibly safety glasses.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Jared Roth of the Bloomington Police Department at 309-434-2379 or the department’s main line at 309-820-8888. To remain anonymous, call McLean County Crime Stoppers at 309-828-1111.

This was the sixth armed robbery reported in the Twin Cities since the start of the year, following a string of business robberies that began in December.

At least seven armed robberies 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.

Photos: 2018-19 McLean County jail mugshots

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


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