Glen Carbon police have released surveillance video of the man who robbed the Little Caesar’s restaurant in Glen Carbon on Sunday, and are asking the public’s help in identifying him.
Lt. Wayne White said the man entered the pizza outlet at about 8:50 p.m. on Sunday and, at first, acted as though he was going to order food. Then he brandished a handgun and demanded cash from the employees. They complied with his demands, and he escaped on foot with an undetermined amount of cash, White said.
On the video, the man can be seen pushing an employee and holding another by the throat while brandishing the gun. Before leaving the store, he is seen ordering the four employees to lie down on the floor.
White said Glen Carbon Police set up a perimeter and were able to pick up the man’s trail for a while using a K-9 unit, but did not locate him. He said they believe the man had an accomplice nearby or at least had stashed a parked car out of sight of the restaurant.
“We are hoping that someone will recognize him and give us a call,” White said. “Just let us know who it is, so we can bring him to justice.”
The man was described as heavyset, between 5-foot-2 and 5-foot-6, wearing a black and white coat, dark pants and a blue bandana around his face.
It’s the second such robbery at a metro-east Little Caesars in the last week; on Thursday, Collinsville Police were called to the Collinsville Crossing location after a stocky black male described as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 allegedly robbed that restaurant at gunpoint. He fled the area in a light-colored SUV or minivan.
Glen Carbon police urge anyone with information about the robbery to contact them at 618-288-7226 or Crimestoppers at 866-371-8477. Collinsville police ask anyone with information about their case to call them at 344-2131, ext. 5138.