Convenience store robbery under investigation

Convenience store robbery under investigation

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are investigating a holdup at a convenience store that happened early Sunday.

A release from Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said a female employee of the Circle K at 1713 W. John St., reported to police she was robbed by a masked man about 3 a.m.

The clerk said she was in the storage room when a man entered the store alone. As she began to walk out of the storage room, he walked past the counter and pushed her toward the cash register while demanding money.

The man pressed an object that she believed to be a gun against her back and took money from the register.

He left with an undisclosed amount of cash and ran north through the parking lot toward John Street.

The clerk was not physically harmed and there were no customers in the store at the time of the robbery.

The clerk told police the robber was a light-skinned or mixed-race black male, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with an average build. He was wearing a dark-colored pea coat, dark jeans, white tennis shoes, black stocking cap, white gloves and had a towel wrapped around his face.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Champaign police department at 217-351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Callers to Crimestoppers can remain anonymous. Information can also be sent by anonymous web tip by going to: or by texting keyword "CCTIP" plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES).