BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington police have released a photo of the man suspected of robbing a drug store Thursday night and say it's possible he is connected to some of the six other Twin City armed robberies that have occurred in the past few weeks.
Bloomington police said the man entered Walgreens, 909 S. Main St., about 8 p.m., displayed a knife and demanded money from an employee. He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and ran west, police said.
No one was injured and no suspects have been identified.
The suspect in the Walgreens incident matches a description from at least two previous robberies. In other robberies, the suspect had a gun.
Thursday's suspect was described as a black man in his late 20s to early 30s who is 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He wore all black and his face was partially covered.
Bloomington and Normal police still are seeking suspects involved in six other armed robberies reported since Dec. 14.
Among those, police think two businesses a little more than a mile apart in southeast Bloomington were robbed at gunpoint by the same suspect within a few minutes of each other about 9:30 p.m. Dec. 26.
The suspect in the robberies at Little Caesars Pizza, 2507 E. Oakland Ave., and CVS Pharmacy, 1130 S. Veterans Parkway, is described as 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. Police said it was unclear how the robber fled the scene in both cases.
On Dec. 22, police were called to JB Hawks Discount Tobacco and Vape at 1100 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington, and were told a man dressed in black displayed a knife and stole an undisclosed amount of cash about 6:15 p.m.
On Dec. 16, a masked man pointed a handgun at a cashier at the Freedom Oil gas station, 1331 N. Linden St., Bloomington, at 6:54 p.m. The suspect left with more than $350 in cash.
In Normal, police are continuing to look for two different suspects in two separate robberies in December, both at the Dollar General in the 1100 block of South Cottage Avenue.
On Dec. 14, police described the suspect as a black man who was about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with dreadlocks and a goatee. He was wearing all black clothing, had a hoodie pulled up and was wearing gray gloves.
Anyone with information related to these robberies is asked to contact BPD Detective Steve Moreland at 309-434-2359 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to remain anonymous, call McLean County Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111.
Photos: 2018 McLean County Jail mugshots
Photos: McLean County jail mugshots
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