Police investigate holdup at Urbana pizza restaurant

Police investigate holdup at Urbana pizza restaurant


URBANA — Urbana police are looking for a man who held up a restaurant in that city Friday night.

Sgt. Joel Sanders said a man came in the Little Caesars at 1901 Philo Road at 9:24 p.m. and displayed a handgun to a male employee. He demanded cash and the employee handed it over. The man left the business on foot to the north, Sanders said.

The robber’s description was incomplete but police were told he was 5 feet 5 inches tall and was wearing a black ski mask, red shirt, and blue pants.

No one was hurt, Sanders said.

On Thursday night, a light-skinned black man entered the HP Sprinter gas station at 2401 W. Springfield Ave., C, at 9:11 p.m., pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. When the clerk didn’t respond immediately, the robber hit him. The clerk handed over cash and the robber ran east.

He was described as being between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, about 180 to 200 pounds.

Anyone with information on either of these robberies is asked to call Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477.