Police look for 2 men following armed robbery in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are looking for two men who robbed a store in west Champaign on Tuesday night.

A Champaign police report said two men entered Cheese & Crackers, 1715 W. Kirby Ave., at about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Owner Bart Basi told The News-Gazette that one of his co-workers was hit with a gun by one of the men, who made off with cash.

Police said the employee who was hit by a gun did not require medical treatment.

An employee told police the two robbers entered the building by way of the back door, which had been propped open to allow air into the building. After the employee, who was sitting in the office, heard yelling coming from the front of the store, one of the two robbers then entered the office.

The second robber, who was holding a gun in his hand, then ushered a second employee into the office and asked where the store’s money was located.

The robbers then retrieved some money from the cash register and ran out of the store by way of the back door.

The robbers were described as black men, no age given.

One robber was about 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black T-shirt and black pants. Police said the robber had his hands underneath his sleeves during the robbery.

The robber who was carrying the gun was said to be about 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was also wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a T-shirt, and black pants.

Both men had a scarf or another type of cloth wrapped around their faces, according to Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn.
If you have any information about this crime, contact Champaign police at 351-4545 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-8477. Tips may also be sent at 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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