Police investigate holdups at adjacent Champaign firms

Police investigate holdups at adjacent Champaign firms

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating robberies over the weekend at two adjacent Champaign businesses.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said victims of both robberies provided similar descriptions of the robbers.

According to a police report, a woman was working at Security Finance Corp. of Illinois, 823 W. Bloomington Road, at 5:27 p.m. Friday when a man entered the business and demanded money.

As the woman attempted to get the cash, the man struck her in the face, knocked her to the ground and took her to a rear area of the building.

The man then took the cash and ran out of the building.

Dunn said the robber is a black male between 40 and 50 years old and 5 feet, 5 inches tall. He weighs about 180 pounds, had a thin mustache and was wearing a black hooded coat, dark pants, gloves and dark-colored shoes.

On Saturday, another woman was working at America's Financial Choice, 821 W. Bloomington Road, about 12:35 p.m. when a man walked into the business, demanded she give him money, grabbed her and forced her to walk to the rear entrance of the building.

The woman said the robber "stunned or tasered" her and forced her to the floor. The man took the money and then ran away.

This robber was described as a black male in his 40s and 5 feet, 11 inches tall. He weighs about 200 pounds and was wearing a red "hoodie," black sunglasses and lighter-colored jeans.

Dunn said neither woman sought medical attention at the time the police reports were written.

If you have any information about these robberies, contact Champaign police at 351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 373-8477.

Tips can also be sent at http://www.373tips.com or by text by sending Tip397 plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

The information you provide is confidential. You do not have to give your name or appear in court. Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest for this crime. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.

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james33 wrote on February 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Seriously News-Gazette, WHY DID YOU HOLD BACK THE DESCRITPION YESTERDAY?

Tim Mitchell wrote on February 28, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Thank you for your comment. When we talked to police on Monday, the officers said all they had listed at that time was the race and sex of the robber, which isn't enough to provide an adequate description. With the help of the surveillance photos, police were able to give us a more detailed description today.

MadGasser wrote on February 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm
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Dont you know the News-Gazette held back the description because it's a big conspiracy? *eyeroll*

Get a life & quit trolling.