NORMAL — Police in Normal are investigating an armed robbery near the Illinois State University campus late Sunday night.

Police said around 11:30 p.m., a man reported being robbed in the 1200 block of North School Street near Belview Avenue, north of the ISU campus. The victim told police there were three black men in a grey or silver SUV and at least one of them had a gun. They demanded cash and personal property and then fled south on School Street.

There were no injuries reported and no arrests have been made. 

The incident triggered an ISU Emergency Alert at 11:47 p.m. for students, faculty and staff.

Anyone with information is asked to call Normal Police at 309-454-9535.

If you want to remain anonymous, call McLean County Crime Stoppers at 309-828-1111. If your call leads to the arrest and indictment of suspect(s) you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Police have previously said one individual may be responsible for at least seven of nine previous armed robberies at local businesses since Dec. 8. Because of that connection, the police have given that suspect a nickname in hopes of drawing more attention to the cases.

Police said the “Business Bandit” is a black male who is 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.

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

Agriculture Reporter

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