Police looking for Rantoul business robbers

Police looking for Rantoul business robbers

RANTOUL — Police are looking for the man or men responsible for three holdups in that city this week that they believe could be related.

Police said the description of the robber in all three is similar.

Rantoul polic Sgt. Justin Bouse said two happened Thursday night and the third was on Monday.

Minutes before 9 p.m. Thursday, a black man, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, ski mask, black jeans and black tennis shoes, came in the Dollar General Store, 304 E. Sangamon Ave., Bouse said.

Two women working there said he displayed what appeared to be a black handgun and demanded cash. They handed over $100 and he left, walking east on Sangamon Avenue.

Bouse said there was security video of the suspect, which officers were trying to obtain Friday.

About two hours later, a man went in the Family Video, 301 E. Champaign Ave., at 10:58 p.m. and displayed what appeared to be a black handgun and demanded cash.

The female employee described him as being black, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a black puffy jacket, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. The employee handed over cash and he left walking north.

Bouse said police are also looking for a man who held up a Subway restaurant on Monday night.

About 8:55 p.m. Monday, a black man, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a black coat, black pants and a black ski mask, came in the store at 333 S. Century Blvd., displayed a black handgun and demanded money. There were two women working there. They handed over the cash and he left.

Bouse asked that anyone with information on any of the holdups call the Rantoul Police Department at 217-892-2103 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Information may also be sent anonymously online at http://www.373tips.com or by cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads to an arrest. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.

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