BLOOMINGTON — Police investigators in the Twin Cities are trying to figure out the reason for a sudden rash of armed robberies at local businesses in the last two weeks.

Robberies were reported at 9:29 p.m. at Little Caesars Pizza, 2507 E. Oakland Ave., and 9:37 p.m. at CVS Pharmacy, 1130 S. Veterans Parkway, Bloomington police said.

In the robbery at Little Caesars, the suspect entered the store, pointed a gun at the victims, and robbed the store and victims of an undisclosed amount of cash and personal property, police said.

At the CVS robbery, police said the suspect entered the store, pointed a gun at an employee, and robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police believe the robberies are related and the same suspect description was issued for both. The suspect is reported to be a black male of medium height, wearing a black hooded coat with the hood up, black pants, dark-colored shoes and a dark mask covering the lower half of his face. They said it was unclear how the robber fled the scene in each case.

Police released a photo Thursday morning.

John Fermon, Bloomington Police Department public affairs officer, said patrol units are actively looking for those involved.

“We will be doing a lot of business checks and we are investigating which ones could be related,” he said. “Some areas on Oakland Avenue on the east side seem to be the target areas in the recent ones and so we are watching for them and hope to catch them before someone gets seriously hurt.”

In Normal, police are continuing to look for two different suspects in two separate robberies of the Dollar General in the 1100 block of South Cottage Avenue.

On Dec. 23, the suspect was described as a tall, thin black man, standing about 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-6 inches tall, wearing dark clothes, a hoodie and a brightly-colored scarf. On Dec. 14, police described the suspect as a black man who was about 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall and had dreads and a goatee. He was wearing all black clothing, had a hoodie pulled up and was wearing gray gloves.

Armed robbery is a form of robbery which involves theft of property and carrying (or the pretense) of a weapon. It's considered a Class X felony which carries a mandatory prison sentence of 6 to 30 years in prison if convicted.

If you have information in either case, call Bloomington police at 309-820-8888. If you wish 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.

2018 McLean County Jail mugshots 

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


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