MONTICELLO — Two men robbed the Monticello Subway sandwich shop at gunpoint Saturday night, but police do not believe the incident is connected to a pair of robberies that occurred at the Bement Subway in recent months.
"I don't believe it's related to the others at all," said Monticello Police Chief John Carter, who said the description of two Hispanic or black males who perpetrated the Monticello robbery is different than the two conducted at knifepoint in Bement by a white male.
The suspects entered the Monticello Subway from the Charter Street entrance at 7:41 p.m., then held both employees at gunpoint with what are believed to be air soft guns and took money from the register as well as from the employees. The suspects left on foot, also through the Carter Street doors.
One suspect was wearing a red devil mask and is described as being about 5-foot-11 and of slender build. The other was about 5-5 and wearing a black hoodie, black down vest jacket, black ski mask and goggles.
A Piatt County Sheriff's deputy was in the area and responded first, and a tracking dog was brought in from Champaign County but could not pick up the trail of the suspects, according to Carter.
Since there were no customers in the restaurant at the time of the robbery, the chief believes the robbers waited until the business was empty.
"The suspects would had to have been watching before they went in," Carter said. "It was the only time that night there was no one in there."
Even if the weapons were air soft guns, Carter said they are still considered firearms, which could step up the penalty if the robbers are caught and convicted.
"It is still considered a weapon, a firearm, because it shoots a projectile," he said.
Anyone with information on the robbery is encouraged to call the Monticello Police Department at 217-762-7727 or 217-762-2121.