BPD examines all “possibilities” in recent armed robberies

The most recent hold up occurred Wednesday night at the Casey’s General Store located at 3007 Gill Street. (Howard Packowitz/WJBC)


By Howard Packowitz

BLOOMINGTON – Recent armed robberies in Bloomington have some similarities, and investigators said Thursday they don’t know for sure if the stick ups are connected.

In a statement, Bloomington Police said detectives are investigating all possibilities.

The latest armed robbery happened at about 10:55 p.m. Wednesday at the Casey’s General Store in the 3000 block of Gill Street, near Airport Road.

Employees said two black men ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Workers said one of the robbers was armed with a pistol. Both black men were said to be wearing masks, hoods, and gloves.

Last Friday, the cell phone store Boost Mobile on South Center Street was robbed at gun point.  An employee said three men entered the store wearing masks and two of the men were said to be armed with a handgun.

There were no injuries in either robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bloomington Police Detective Jared Roth at 309-434-2379 or the department’s main line at 309-820-8888.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact McLean County Crime Stoppers at 309-828-1111. Rewards of up to $1,000 are offered for tips that leads to arrests and indictments.

Howard Packowitz can be reached at howard.packowitz@cumulus.com


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