Police: Convenience store robber busted when he returns to scene of the crime

News-DemocratOctober 4, 2013 

Three people were arrested Thursday after an armed robbery suspect returned to the scene of the crime.

According to Belleville Police Department detective Mark Heffernan, at 2:47 a.m. a man armed with a knife walked into the Circle K convenience store at 2709 West Main St. and demanded money. The clerk gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect fled.

A police dog tried to track the robber, who was described as a 45-year-old black male wearing black and gray pajamas and white tennis shoes. The scent was lost in the 2800 block of West Main Street.

At about 7 a.m., employees of Circle K called the police department and said the suspect from the robbery had returned to the store.

When officers arrived employees pointed out a car leaving the parking lot. Police pulled over the car and detained three people. One was identified as the alleged armed robber.

The suspects have not yet been identified because formal charges have not yet been filed.

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