A suspect carrying a gun and wearing a Washington Redskins sweatshirt took money from the cash register of a Swansea convenience store, then from a store clerk and customer early Wednesday morning.
The armed robber walked into the the Phillips 66 at 2400 N. Illinois St. at 4:17 a.m. on Wednesday and showed a handgun, according to Swansea Police Chief Steve Johnson.
The suspect then brandished a handgun and ordered the clerk and the patron to get behind the counter, Johnson said. The robber then took money from the cash registers and the two victims and ran from the building. According to police radio chatter, the man was last seen running from the gas station on foot, east on Parkway Drive.
“Swansea police detectives and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are working this crime together as a team. Someone somewhere could recognize this suspect’s clothing and who this person could be. If you call the CrimeStoppers Tip Hotline, your call is anonymous and you can be awarded up to $1,000 for that call,” Johnson said.
A clerk at the store confirmed officers were still on the scene at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
The suspect is described as an African American male, 6-feet tall, wearing a red Washington Redskins hoodie with yellow stripes on the sleeves and black sweatpants. He was carrying a blackpack with strings for straps.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect, please contact Swansea Det. Daniel Lipe at (618)233-8114 or the St. Louis Area CrimeStoppers Tip Hotline at (866) 371-TIPS (8477).