BLOOMINGTON — Two Twin City men were in custody Friday in connection with a recent string of armed robberies in Bloomington-Normal.

A 28-year-old from Bloomington and a 31-year-old from Normal were arrested Friday morning after the execution of two search warrants at residences in both communities.

The Pantagraph does not name suspects in such cases until formal charges are filed in McLean County Circuit Court. Both were being held at the McLean County jail on preliminary charges of armed robbery and are expected to appear in court Saturday.

Bloomington police said officers found evidence linking the men to three robberies committed in Bloomington and one in Normal in the last few weeks.

One was Tuesday night at O'Reilly Auto Parts, 401 Greenbriar Drive, Normal.

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The Bloomington robberies were April 18 at Subway, 2310 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington; April 29 at Six Points Food and Liquor at 1001 Six Points Road and May 8 at Casey’s General Store at 3007 Gill St.

In the Subway robbery, an employee told police one of the two suspects displayed a knife before they fled with the employee’s cellphone and an undisclosed amount of money. In each of the other robberies a gun was displayed and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

There were no injuries reported in any of the incidents.

Bloomington police BPD Public Affairs Officer John Fermon said a fourth armed robbery May 3 at Boost Mobile, 603 S. Center St., was not being considered in connection with these suspects.

At the cellphone store, an employee described the suspects as three men wearing masks and said two of them displayed guns.

Armed robbery is a Class X felony punishable by six years in prison upon conviction. 

The investigation continues. Anyone with related information is asked to contact Bloomington Detective Jared Roth at 309-434-2379 or jroth@cityblm.org, or Normal Detective Darren Wolters at 309-433-3415 or dwolters@normal.org.

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

Normal investigating armed robbery, possible link to previous incidents

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